Melinda Ann Gates (née French; born August 15, 1964), DBE is an
American philanthropist, former
Microsoft employee, and co-founder
of the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation. She worked at Microsoft,
where she was project manager for
Encarta and Expedia.
1 Early life and education
2 Personal life
3 Awards and recognition
4 Work with women in technology
6 External links
Early life and education
Bill Gates and
Melinda Gates in Oslo, June 2009
Melinda Ann French was born on August 15, 1964 in Dallas, Texas.
She is the second of four children to Raymond Joseph French Jr., an
aerospace engineer, and Elaine Agnes Amerland, a homemaker. French has
an older sister and two younger brothers.
French, a Roman Catholic, attended St. Monica Catholic
School, where she was the top student in her class year.
She graduated as valedictorian from Ursuline Academy of
1982. She earned a bachelor's degree in computer science and
Duke University in 1986 and an MBA from Duke's Fuqua
School of Business in 1987. At Duke, French was a member of the
Kappa Alpha Theta
Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Beta Rho Chapter.
Shortly after graduating from college, she joined
participated in the development of many of Microsoft's multimedia
products, including Publisher,
Microsoft Bob, Encarta, and
Bill Gates while working at Microsoft. In 1994, she married
Gates in a private ceremony held in Lanai, Hawaii. Shortly thereafter,
Microsoft to focus on starting and raising her family. Her
last position there was General Manager of Information Products.
Bill Gates have three children: daughters Jennifer
Katharine Gates (born 1996) and Phoebe Adele Gates (born 2002), and
son Rory John Gates (born 1999). The family resides in an estate on
the shore of
Lake Washington near Seattle.
Gates served as a member of Duke University's board of trustees from
1996 to 2003. She attends
Bilderberg Group conferences and holds a
seat on the board of directors of the Washington Post company. She
retired from the board of
Drugstore.com in August 2006 to spend more
time working for the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation.
Front building of the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle
As of 2014, Melinda and
Bill Gates have donated US$28 billion to the
Gates and her husband were floated as possible vice presidential
picks, according to an email from Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman
Awards and recognition
In 2002, Melinda and
Bill Gates received the Award for Greatest Public
Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged, an award given out annually by
In December 2005, Melinda and
Bill Gates were named by Time as Persons
of the Year alongside Bono. Melinda and
Bill Gates received the
Prince of Asturias Award
Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation on May
4, 2006, in recognition of their world impact through charitable
In November 2006, Melinda was awarded the Insignia of the Order of the
Aztec Eagle, together with Bill Gates, who was awarded the Placard of
the same order, both for their philanthropic work around the world in
the areas of health and education, particularly in Mexico, and
specifically in the program "Un país de lectores".
In May 2006, in honor of her work to improve the lives of children
locally and around the world,
Seattle Children's Hospital dedicated
the Melinda French Gates Ambulatory Care building at Seattle
Children's (then called Children's Hospital and Regional Medical
She chaired The Campaign for Children's, a $300 million comprehensive
fundraising drive to expand facilities, fund under-compensated and
uncompensated care, and grow the hospital's research program to find
cures and treatments.
Melinda Gates received an honorary doctorate in medicine from
Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.
On June 12, 2009, Melinda and
Bill Gates received honorary degrees
from the University of Cambridge. Their benefaction of $210 million in
2000 set up the Gates Cambridge Trust, which funds postgraduate
scholars from outside the UK to study at the University.
In 2013, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Duke
University as a tribute for her philanthropic commitment. She was also
ranked #3 in
Forbes 2013, 2014 and 2017 lists of the 100 Most Powerful
Women, #4 in 2012 and #6 in 2011. Armchair Advocates added Gates
to the list "100 Tweeters of Social Good You Have to Follow in
Gates was appointed an honorary Dame Commander of the Order of the
British Empire in 2013 for her services to philanthropy and
Gates has also donated over $10 million to her high school, Ursuline
Academy of Dallas. She is one of the major donors of their Facing the
Future Campaign and was honored in their dedication ceremony on May 7,
In recognition of the foundation's philanthropic activities in India,
Melinda Gates jointly received India's third-highest civilian
honor, Padma Bhushan, in 2015.
In 2016, President
Barack Obama honored Gates and her husband with the
Presidential Medal of Freedom
Presidential Medal of Freedom for their philanthropic efforts.
In 2017, Gates was listed by UK-based company Richtopia at number 12
in the list of 200 Most Influential Philanthropists and Social
In 2017, President
François Hollande awarded Gates and her husband
with France's highest national award, the Legion of Honour, in Paris
for their charity efforts.
In 2017 she was awarded the
Otto Hahn Peace Medal 2016 of the United
Nations Association of Germany (DGVN), Berlin-Brandenburg, "for
outstanding services to peace and international understanding" in the
historic Berlin Town Hall.
Work with women in technology
In September 2016, Melinda announced her desire to begin working on
the lack of women in technology, saying:
We're graduating fewer women technologists. That is not good for
society. We have to change it.
She explained that for the next two years she would be in "learning
mode" after which she would begin addressing the problem.
She also spoke about this topic as one of the speakers at the Grace
Hopper Celebration on October 4, 2017.
In the 2016 annual letter from the Gates Foundation, Melinda Gates
said women should “spend more time doing paid work, starting
businesses, or otherwise contributing to the economic well-being of
societies around the world. The fact that they can’t, holds their
families and communities back.”
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Melinda Gates Foundation
United States v.
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"Open Letter to Hobbyists" (1976)
The Road Ahead (1995)
Business @ the Speed of Thought
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Triumph of the Nerds
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Pirates of Silicon Valley
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The Social Network
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