Melinda Gates
American philanthropist
Melinda Gates
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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Melinda Gates's personal information overview.
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These Health Warriors Are Using Education To End A Disease
Huffington Post - 4 days
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Bill and Melinda Gates: World is improving more than you think
CNN - 11 days
Warren Buffett is one of the best loved people in the world -- and it's easy to see why. He's jovial and friendly. He's funny and wise. He makes people feel good about themselves. But he has one quality that fuels all the others: Warren is the most upbeat, optimistic person we know.
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India cuts some funding ties with Gates Foundation on immunization
Yahoo News - 16 days
(The Feb. 8 story adds official clarification that ties partially, not fully, cut in paragraph 1, 4, 7) By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A group backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that works on India's immunization programs will now be partially funded by the health ministry, a government official said, a move in part prompted by fears foreign donors could influence policy making. The decision is seen as part of India's broader clampdown on non-governmental organizations to assert control over decision making in key policy areas. Last year, India ordered the dismissal of dozens of foreign-funded health experts working on public welfare schemes.
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India scraps funding ties with Gates Foundation on immunization
Reuters.com - 18 days
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A group backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that works on India's immunization program will now be funded by the health ministry, a government official said, a move in part prompted by fears foreign donors could influence policy making.
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New Vaccine Technology From OHSU Acquired By California Biotech Firm
NPR - 29 days
A new vaccine technology — developed here in Oregon — is being bought by a California biotech firm backed by the Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation.
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Tackling NTDs -- Our Commitment To Effective Philanthropy
Huffington Post - about 1 month
When global challenges are so great and so urgent, it is critical that we make sure every dollar invested in tackling disease, poverty and injustice delivers the greatest social return. Too many people are suffering and too much potential is being wasted to settle for second best. This is a recognition which has transformed modern philanthropy. More than ever before, there is a focus not just on doing good but on achieving the best possible results. Compassion is not enough. It has to be targeted effectively based on hard evidence. It is the approach that is very much at the heart of the work of Alwaleed Philanthropies. We choose to support projects and partners with proven impact on the toughest challenges and most vulnerable communities. This is why we are proud to support the END Fund in its fight to tackle what are known as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). They are neglected, of course, not because the numbers suffering from these parasitic and bacterial infectious di ...
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Investor Warren Buffett's life is chronicled in HBO movie
Yahoo News - about 1 month
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - "I like numbers," Warren Buffett says in an upcoming HBO documentary about his life. It just felt good, working with numbers." Success with numbers has helped the billionaire become one of the world's most admired investors and top philanthropists, despite spending most of his 86 years far from Wall Street in Omaha, Nebraska, where he has run Berkshire Hathaway Inc since 1965. Directed by Peter Kunhardt, whose film subjects have included U.S. President Richard Nixon and media mogul Oprah Winfrey, the documentary was largely narrated by Buffett and contains interviews with people close to him, including his sisters, three children, Berkshire Vice Chairman Charlie Munger, and philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates.
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Gates Foundation to Invest Up to $140 Million in HIV-Prevention Device
Wall Street Journal - about 2 months
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is investing as much as $140 million to support development of a tiny implantable drug pump it believes could help prevent people in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere from becoming infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
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Gates Foundation to Invest Up to $140 Million in HIV-Prevention Device
Wall Street Journal - about 2 months
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is investing as much as $140 million to support development of a tiny implantable drug pump it believes could help prevent people in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere from becoming infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
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Facebook Is Finally Taking Action Against Fake News
Huffington Post - 2 months
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18 Diseases The World Has Turned Its Back On
Huffington Post - 3 months
This article is part HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to eliminate them. More than 1 billion people on the planet suffer from illnesses that the world pays little attention to. Neglected tropical diseases are a group of at least 18 diseases that primarily affect people living in poverty in tropical regions of the world and are virtually unknown elsewhere, according to the World Health Organization. These are diseases like river blindness, which has infected 18 million people worldwide and caused blindness in 270,000 people; or elephantiasis, a leading cause of disability worldwide, which affects over 120 million people and can cause severe swelling of the body parts, usually the legs or the scrotum. While only some of these illnesses can be fatal, many of them can cause lifelong disabilities or disfigurement. And even though many neglected tropical diseases are preventable and treatable, getting proper medical ...
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Dr. David Ross, President and CEO, The Task Force for Global Health Interview
Huffington Post - 3 months
David A. Ross, ScD President and Chief Executive Officer The Task Force for Global Health Dave Ross, ScD, is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of The Task Force for Global Health. In this role, Dr. Ross provides strategic direction to The Task Force and oversees seven programs focused on neglected tropical diseases, vaccines, field epidemiology, and public health informatics. He assumed leadership of The Task Force on May 1, 2016, after 16 years as director of The Task Force's Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) and its predecessor All Kids Count. For more than 35 years, Dr. Ross has led collaborative programs to strengthen information capacity of public health systems in the United States and other countries. In addition to his non-profit experience, he has worked in the public and private sectors on both healthcare delivery and medical informatics. Dr. Ross launched PHII in 2002 and spearheaded its growth to become internationally recognized in the fie ...
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Ellen DeGeneres Was Denied Entry Into The White House For The Silliest Reason
Huffington Post - 3 months
Just because you’re one of the most beloved talk show hosts in America ― and you’re receiving the nation’s highest civilian honor ― doesn’t mean you can just walk right into the White House.  Ellen DeGeneres learned that the hard way on Tuesday, while heading to President Barack Obama’s current home to receive her Presidential Medal of Freedom. “They haven’t let me in to the White House yet because I forgot my ID,” the actor and comedian tweeted hours before the very important ceremony. “#NotJoking.” They haven't let me in to the White House yet because I forgot my ID. #NotJoking#PresidentialMedalOfFreedom pic.twitter.com/sHocwqChKV — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) November 22, 2016 DeGeneres was one of 21 people invited to the White House to be honored by the president with the Medal of Freedom ― considered the highest civilian award one can receive in the United States. She was honored alongside some of the most revered and groundbreaking performers, s ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Melinda Gates
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 50
    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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  • FORTIES
  • 2013
    Age 48
    Gates was appointed an honorary Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2013 for her services to philanthropy and international development.
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    And Armchair Advocates added Gates to the list: "100 Tweeters of Social Good You Have to Follow in 2013."
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    She was also ranked #3 in Forbes 2013 and 2014 lists of the 100 Most Powerful Women, #4 in 2012 and #6 in 2011.
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    In 2013, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Duke University as a tribute for her philanthropic commitment.
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  • 2010
    Age 45
    She is one of the major donors of their Facing the Future Campaign and was honored in their dedication ceremony on May 7, 2010.
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  • 2009
    Age 44
    On June 12, 2009, Melinda and Bill Gates received honorary degrees from the University of Cambridge.
    More Details Hide Details Their benefaction of $210 million in 2000 set up the Gates Cambridge Trust, which funds postgraduate scholars from outside the UK to study at the University.
  • 2006
    Age 41
    In May 2006, in honor of her work to improve the lives of children locally and around the world, Seattle Children's Hospital dedicated the Melinda French Gates Ambulatory Care building. at Seattle Children's (then called Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center)
    More Details Hide Details She chaired The Campaign for Children’s, a $300 million comprehensive fundraising drive to expand facilities, fund under-compensated and uncompensated care, and grow the hospital’s research program to find cures and treatments.
    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 same order, both for their philanthropic work around the world in the areas of health and education, particularly in Mexico, and specifically in the program "Un país de lectores".
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    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.
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  • 2005
    Age 40
    In December 2005, Melinda and Bill Gates were named by Time as Persons of the Year alongside Bono.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2002
    Age 37
    In 2002, Melinda and Bill Gates received the Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards.
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  • 1996
    Age 31
    Gates served as a member of Duke University's board of trustees from 1996 to 2003.
    More Details Hide Details She attends Bilderberg Group conferences and holds a seat on the board of directors of the Washington Post company. She retired from the board of Drugstore.com in August 2006 to spend more time working for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As of 2014, Melinda and Bill Gates have donated $28 billion to the Foundation.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1994
    Age 29
    She met Bill Gates while working at Microsoft. In 1994, she married Gates in a private ceremony held in Lanai, Hawaii.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly thereafter, she left Microsoft to focus on starting and raising her family. Her last position there was General Manager of Information Products. Melinda and Bill Gates have 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.
  • 1986
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details At Duke, French was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Beta Rho Chapter. Shortly thereafter, she joined Microsoft and participated in the development of many of Microsoft’s multimedia products, including Publisher, Microsoft Bob, Encarta, and Expedia.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1982
    Age 17
    She graduated as valedictorian from Ursuline Academy of Dallas in 1982.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1964
    Born
    Born on August 15, 1964.
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