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Melinda Ann French was born on 15 August 1964, in Dallas, Texas USA, and now as Melinda Gates her surname announces her importance as one of the most powerful and influential women in the world, regardless that she is married to the richest man in the world. She is businesswoman and philanthropist, and with her husband controls the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, founded in 2000 and acknowledged as the most generous private philanthropic organisation in the world.
So, how rich is Melinda Gates? Notionally, Melinda has equal shares in the fortune accumulated by her husband and herself – she has a big say in Microsoft too – so to say that her nominal net worth is around $40 billion is not over-stating her wealth.
Melinda Gates Net Worth $40 Billion
Melinda was a successful pupil of St. Monica Catholic School. It could be said, that the fortune of Melinda Gates was decided at a young age as she was educated at the Ursuline Academy of Dallas, and later graduated with a Bachelors degree in economics and computer science from Duke University, followed by a Master of Business Administration from Fuqua School of Business. Having an impressive education, it was not problematic for Melinda to start earning her net worth by joining the Microsoft Company and taking part in the development of Microsoft’s products. Melinda is known for her work at Microsoft – American multinational corporation, for her work as project manager of profitable products such as Expedia, Microsoft Bob and Microsoft Encarta.
However, it is Melinda’s relationship with Bill and their philanthropic activities which inevitably take centre stage. While working in Microsoft she met her husband-to-be, and after six year dating they married in 1994 in Hawaii. Shortly after marriage Melinda Gates left her full-time job to care for their three children. The businesswoman could take care of her children and also become involved in charity work. The philanthropic work of the Gates family is really notable, as they have founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and donated huge sums of over $35 billion and rising. The primary idea of the foundation was to set computers in all libraries of USA, but later the goals became bigger, to contribute to education and health, and alleviate poverty all over the world. Another imposing act of charity work is an estimated $560 million spent to improve access to contraception for girls and women in needy countries. The impressive net worth of Melinda has also benefited her high school Ursuline Academy of Dallas, to which she has donated $10 million.
In 2002 Gates received an Award for Greatest Public Service. In three years the Gates family has been named Time’s People of the Year. In 2006 they received Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation and Order of the Aztec Eagle. In 2013 Gates was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters by Duke University and she is named one of the most powerful women in the world by Forbes magazine.
To sum up, Melinda French Gates is a powerful philanthropist whose notional net worth of 40 billion dollars makes her one of the world’s richest people. Her wealth is earned with the help of her boss in Microsoft Corporation, her husband Bill Gates. Their Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is one of the biggest organizations of charity which cares about reduction of poverty, promotion of education and healthcare issues. Gates has also been an associate of Duke University’s board of committee for six years.
A part of her less-than-private personal life is that Melinda and Bill Gates are still raising three children.
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|2013||Bambi||Bambi Awards||Millenium||· Bill Gates|
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|1||Individually, but at the same time as her husband, Bill, Melinda was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, by President Barack Obama, in a live televised ceremony held in the East Room of the White House, on November 22, 2016, along with nineteen other recipients, the the largest, and final Medal of Freedom ceremony of Obama's presidency. At this ceremony, the twenty-one total recipients, in alphabetical order, included: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elouise Cobell (posthumous award given to her son), Ellen DeGeneres, Robert De Niro, Richard Garwin, Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, Frank Gehry, Margaret Hamilton (as Margaret H. Hamilton), Tom Hanks, Rear Admiral Grace Hopper (posthumous award given to her niece), Michael Jordan, Maya Lin, Lorne Michaels, Newton Minow, Eduardo Padron (as Eduardo Padrón), Robert Redford, Diana Ross, Vin Scully, Bruce Springsteen, and Cicely Tyson.|
|2||Melinda and Bill were married in Lanai (Hawaii) where the 100+ guests included Warren Buffett, Katherine Graham, Paul G. Allen and Craig McCaw. Singer-songwriter Willie Nelson entertained the guests at the wedding reception.|
|3||She met Bill Gates, by chance, while both were present at a press conference in Manhattan.|
|4||She graduated from Duke University (economics) and Fuqua School of Business (business).|
|5||She is the second of four children. Melinda has an older sister and two younger brothers.|
|6||Mother of Jennifer Katharine Gates, Rory John Gates, and Phoebe Adele Gates.|
|7||She and her husband, Bill Gates, were both awarded the 2010 'J. William Fulbright' Prize for International Understanding.|
|8||Along with Bono and Bill Gates, was named one of Time Magazine's Persons of the Year in 2005.|
|1||On average, women spend about twice as much time as men doing the unpaid work that makes life possible for everyone, like cooking, cleaning and caring. In developing countries, the gap is even bigger. As a result, women have no time to finish their education, learn new skills, open a business or even go to the doctor. They dream about creating a better future for their children , but they can't spare the hours to put those dreams into action.|
|2||Sometimes it's the people you can't help who inspire you the most.|
|3||There are absolutely lots of teachers who are trying to come into the profession, but they are not attracted enough to say, 'I'm going to switch careers to do it,' or they are often not retained... because the salaries and the compensation aren't there to make it happen.|
|4||Government funding that's coming from the United States is making a huge difference on the ground in the developing world. It's really palpable - it's making a huge difference saving lives.|
|5||Women around the world should have a tool that helps them plan their pregnancies.|
|6||I'm constantly saying to myself, 'I'm lucky I was born in the United States.'|
|7||I want to live as private a life as I can because of our children.|
|8||I realized that the only way to get into a good college was to be valedictorian or salutatorian. So that was my goal.|
|9||Microsoft certainly makes products for the Macintosh.|
|10||We would be driving down the street in a place like Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo, and started to see, my gosh, the only people that have shoes are men. Why does that woman have a baby in her belly and one on her back, and she's carrying a huge load of bananas? You start to ask these questions.|
|11||There's a false perception that women in Africa somehow don't love their babies they way we do, don't grieve their loss the way we would. That is simply not true.|
|12||We started this mostly from an intellectual place.|
|13||We have to be careful in how we use this light shined on us.|
|14||The premise of this foundation is one life on this planet is no more valuable than the next.|
|15||I'm wholehearted about whatever I do.|
|16||I think the Americans need to understand that a lot of times the children are bored in school, and that is why they are not staying in.|
|17||After a number of years dating, we decided we were good partners.|
|18||Kids are falling through the cracks and nobody notices it. That to me is what's wrong with the school system.|
|19||Having children made us look differently at all these things that we take for granted, like taking your child to get a vaccine against measles or polio.|
|20||If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.|
|21||My background was computer science and business school, so eventually I worked my way up where I was running product groups - development, testing, marketing, user education.|
|22||In the developing world, it's about time that women are on the agenda. For instance, 80 percent of small-subsistence farmers in sub-Saharan Africa are women, and yet all the programs in the past were predominantly focused on men.|
|23||I think it's very important that we instill in our kids that it has nothing to do with their name or their situation that they're growing up in; it has to do with who they are as an individual.|
|24||You can't save kids just with vaccines.|
|25||You can have the best vaccines for a woman or her child, but if you can't get her to come and get them then they won't work.|
|26||It is still just unbelievable to us that diarrhea is one of the leading causes of child deaths in the world.|
|27||I learn in a different way. I learn experientially.|
|28||We talk a lot in our home together about where we're going, what I'm doing.|
|29||All lives have an equal value.|
|30||But we also believe in taking risks, because that's how you move things along.|
|31||I care much more about saving the lives of mothers and babies than I do about a fancy museum somewhere.|
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