Entrepreneur, philanthropist and successful woman: Melinda is the ex-wife of millionaire Bill Gates
Melinda is the ex-wife of Bill Gates, alongside the co-founder of Microsoft for over thirty years. An extraordinary love that has led them to carry out many important projects together, supporting numerous humanitarian initiatives. Full name Melinda Ann French Gates, Bill Gate's ex is an entrepreneur and IT.
Born in 1964, she was born in Dallas and graduated from Duke University with a degree in computer science. She later earned a master's degree in business administration from Duke's Fuqua School of Business and in 1987 was hired as a software developer by Microsoft. The first meeting with Bill Gates took place shortly after he joined the company. A love at first sight that in 1996 led the two to get married. The couple then had three children: Jennifer, Phoebe and Rory.
In 2000, Bill and Melinda Gates jointly created the Foundation that bears their name and which is still one of the largest in the world today, with assets worth $ 50.7 billion. The Foundation deals with various issues that are very dear to Bill and Melinda, such as access to education and new technologies, health care and poverty reduction.
Enterprising and brilliant, Melinda has made a career in recent years, proving to be a woman of great talent. She has joined the board of directors of Duke University and is co-chair of the Washington State government commission on child education. She was also a member of the board of directors of Drugstore.com and The Washington Post newspaper.
Inserted by Forbes on the list of the most influential women in the world, Melinda Gates also wrote the book The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, dedicated to female empowerment. She also created Pivotal Ventures, an investment company that works for the social advancement of women. The announcement of the divorce from Bill Gates came via a joint statement posted on Twitter.
According to the first rumors, it was Melinda who asked for a divorce from her husband. “After much reflection and a lot of work on our relationship, we have decided to end our marriage – reads the note -. Over the past 27 years we have raised three amazing children and built a foundation that works around the world to empower all people to lead healthy and productive lives. We have continued to share the belief in that mission and will continue to work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple at this stage of our life. We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life ”.