Melinda Gates

Born Aug 15, 1964

Melinda French Gates is an American businesswoman and philanthropist. She is the wife of Bill Gates, the man whom she had met at Microsoft, where she was project manager for Microsoft Bob, Microsoft Encarta and Expedia.

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1964 Birth Born on August 15, 1964.


1982 17 Years Old She graduated as valedictorian from Ursuline Academy of Dallas in 1982.


1986 21 Years Old 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. … Read More
1994 29 Years Old She met Bill Gates while working at Microsoft. In 1994, she married Gates in a private ceremony held in Lanai, Hawaii. … Read More


1996 31 Years Old Gates served as a member of Duke University's board of trustees from 1996 to 2003. … Read More
2002 37 Years Old In 2002, Melinda and Bill Gates received the Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards.


2005 40 Years Old In December 2005, Melinda and Bill Gates were 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 of their world impact through charitable giving.
2009 44 Years Old On June 12, 2009, Melinda and Bill Gates received honorary degrees from the University of Cambridge. … Read More
2010 45 Years Old …  She is one of the major donors of their Facing the Future Campaign and was honored in their dedication ceremony on May 7, 2010.
In 2013, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Duke University as a tribute for her philanthropic commitment.


2015 50 Years Old 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.
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