Melinda Gates

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Melinda Gates 2014 in London

Melinda Gates (* 15. August 1964 in Dallas , Texas as Melinda Ann French ) is an American businesswoman, philanthropist and author . She is the wife of Bill Gates , whom she met at Microsoft , where she was the project manager for Microsoft Bob , Microsoft Encarta and Expedia , among others .


Gates during the 2011 WEF

She graduated from Duke University with a bachelor's degree in computer science and economics in 1986 and received her MBA in 1987 . On January 1, 1994, she married Microsoft founder Bill Gates. The two have three children together, born in 1996, 1999 and 2002.

The existence of office assistants such as Clippy ( known as Karl Klammer in the German edition ) and the Microsoft Bob user interface are ascribed to her personal initiative .

Melinda Gates is a member of the Roman Catholic Church .

She and her husband founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation , a charity , in 1999 .

Melinda Gates was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012 and in 2013 by American business magazine Forbes as No. 3 on the list of the 100 most powerful women in the world .


  • The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World (2019) ISBN 978-1250313577
    • German translation: We are many, we are one: If we strengthen women's rights, we will change the world (2019) ISBN 978-3426277928


Web links

Commons : Melinda Gates  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. TIME names Bono, Bill and Melinda Gates Persons of Year. December 15, 2006, accessed February 27, 2019 .
  2. ^ The White House: President Obama Names Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. November 16, 2016, accessed November 22, 2016 .