Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates Ann (nee French , born August 15, 1964), DBE [1] is an American business woman and Philanthropist . [2]

She is co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation . She worked at Microsoft , where she was project manager for Microsoft Bob , Encarta and Expedia .

Early life and education

Melinda Ann French was born on August 15, 1964 in Dallas, Texas . [3] She is the second of four children to Raymond Joseph French Jr., an Aerospace Engineer , and Elaine Agnes Amerland, a home maker . French has an older sister and two brothers Younger. [4]

French, a Roman Catholic , [5] [6] [7] [8] attended St. Monica Catholic School, [9] [10] where she was the top student in her class year.

She graduated as valedictorian from Ursuline Academy of Dallas in 1982. She earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and economics from 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 sorority, Beta Rho Chapter. [ Citation needed ]

Personal life

Shortly after graduating college, she joined Microsoft and participated in the development of many of Microsoft’s multimedia products, zoals Publisher , Microsoft Bob , Encarta , and Expedia . [11]

She with Bill Gates while working at Microsoft. [2] In 1994, she married Gates in a private ceremony held in Lanai , Hawaii . Shortly there after, she left Microsoft to focus on starting and raising re family. Her last position there was General Manager of Information Products. Melinda and Bill Gates port 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 Bill Gates’s house on the shore of Lake Washington near Seattle .

Gates served as a member of Duke University’s board of trustees from 1996 to 2003. [12] She Attends Bilderberg Group conferences and holds a seat on the board of directors of the Washington Post Company. [13] She retired from the board of in August 2006 to spend more time working for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation . [14]

As of 2014, Melinda and Bill Gates port donated $ 28 billion to the Foundation. [15]

Gates and re husband ulcers drift as skies vice presidential picks, volgens to an email from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John PODESTA. [16]

Awards and recognition

In 2002, Melinda and Bill Gates RECEIVED the Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged, an award bepaald out annually at Jefferson Awards . [17]

In December 2005, Melinda and Bill Gates ulcers named by Time as Persons of the Year alongside Bono . Melinda and Bill Gates RECEIVED the Spanish Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation on May 4, 2006, in recognition hun world impact through Charitable giving. [18]

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 composition order, zowel for hun philanthropic work around the world in the areas of health and education, met name in Mexico , and specifiek in the program “Un país the lectores”. [ Citation needed ]

In May 2006 in honor or re work to verbeteren the lives of children locally, anyone and around the world, Seattle Children’s Hospital dedicated the Melinda French Gates Ambulant Care building. [19] at Seattle Children’s (dan called Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center [20] )

She chaired The Campaign for Children’s, a $ 300 million uitgebreid fundraising drive to expand facilities, fund under-compensated and uncompensated care, and grow the hospital’s research program to find Cures and Treatments. [21]

On June 12, 2009, Melinda and Bill Gates RECEIVED honorary doctorates from the University of Cambridge . Their benefaction or $ 210 million in 2000 set up the Gates Cambridge Trust , welke funds Postgraduate scholars from outside the UK to study at the University. [22] [23]

In 2013, she was Awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Duke University as a tribute for re philanthropic commitment. She was ook ranked # 3 in Forbes in 2013 and 2014 lists of the 100 Most Powerful Women , [24]# 4 in 2012 and # 6 in 2011. And Armchair Advocates added Gates to the list: “100 tweeters of Social Good You Have to Monitoring in 2013. ” [25]

Gates was appointed an honorary Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2013 for services to re philanthropy and international development. [26]

Gates has donated’ll be over $ 10 million to re high school, Ursuline Academy of Dallas . She is one of the major donors hun Facing the Future Campaign and was honored in hun dedication ceremony on May 7, 2010. [ citation needed ]

In recognition of the foundation’s philanthropic activities in India, Bill and Melinda Gates Jointly RECEIVED India’s third-Highest Civilian Honor, Padma Bhushan in 2015. [27]

In 2016, President Barack Obama honored Gates and re husband with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for hun philanthropic efforts. [28]

Work with women in technology

In September 2016 Melinda announced re desire to start working on an important issue, the Lack of women in technology, saying:

We’re graduating fewer women technologists. That is not good for society. Avem to change it.

She Explained therein for the next two years she mention anything be in “learning mode” after welke she mention anything start addressing the problem. [29] [30]


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