Facts of Melinda Gates
|Full Name||Melinda Gates|
|Birth Name||Melinda Ann French|
|Profession||Founder of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation|
|Birth Country||United States|
|Father Name||Raymond Joseph French Jr.|
|Mother Name||Elaine Agnes Amerland|
|No Of Children||3|
|Awards||Presidental Medal of Freedom|
|Filmography||Smarter Every Day|
|Education||St. Monica Catholic School|
|Date of Birth||August 15,1964|
Receiver of the Presidental Medal of Freedom, Melinda Gates is a former general manager of the Microsoft Corp. and a philanthropist. She is best known as the wife of billionaire and tech-genius Bill Gates, with whom she shares three children.
She is the co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (2000), the world's largest private charitable foundation.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Together with her husband and her father-in-law, Melinda started the William H. Gates Foundation in 1994. The couple merged these organizations with other two non-profitable organizations namely the Gates Learning Foundation and Gates Library Foundation and named it Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The initial goal of the NGO was to set computers and Microsoft products in libraries across all of the United States. Melinda helped expand the foundation's goal to achieve global advancement in education. As of 2019, it has donated over $40 billion.
She pledged to donate $560 million for the availability of contraception to women in poor countries in 2012. Melinda donated $10 million to her high school, Ursuline Academy of Dallas.
She recently donated $1 billion to promote gender equality in the United States. Her foundations will be donating $4.85 to arts and $9.27 to higher education, for every dollar donated by other private philanthropists.
What is Melinda Gates' net worth?
As of 2019, the American billionaire and philanthropist has an estimated net worth of $70 billion. A majority of her massive fortune comes from her husband, Bill Gates who has accumulated an immense wealth worth of $107.84 billion, which makes him the second richest man in the world, below Jeff Bezos.
Residing in Xanadu 2.0 and Assets
Melinda and her family of five reside in Medina, Washington in Bill Gates' estate named Xanadu 2.0 which took over 7 years and $63 million to complete. The property is spread over 66,000 sq feet and is valued for $127.48 million.
Her husband owns about 23 cars which include a Porsche Carrera of $91,100 and a Porsche 930 Turbo which has a market price of $190,700.
His garage also houses Porsche's rarest car, Porsche 959 coupe which was available for $2 million.
Bill Gates also owns a private jet, the Bombardier BD-700 Global Express which can be bought for $40 million.
She started her career in 1987 in Microsoft corporation. There she served as the product manager, where her job was to develop multimedia and interactive products.
During the course of her career, she made her way up to the general manager of the information products, where her primary work was on Expedia, Cinemania, and Encarta.
Melinda's Personal Life
She was born as Melinda Ann French on 15th August 1964 in Medina, Washington, in the United States. She was born as the second child of the four children to father Raymond Joseph French Jr. and mother Elaine Agnes Amerland. Melinda has an elder sister and two brothers.
The American billionaire is of American nationality, and her ethnicity is white.
As a child, she attended St. Monica Catholic School and later graduated in 1982 from Ursuline Academy of Dallas.
Melinda received her bachelor's degree from Duke University in Economics and Computer Science in 1986 and earned her MBA in 1987 from Duke's F.uqua School of Business.
Marriage With Bill Gates
55-years-old Melinda met her former boss, billionaire Bill Gates in Manhattan at a computer trade show. The couple dated for about six years and married in 1994 in Lanai, Hawaii.
She had her first child in 1996 whom they named Jennifer Katherine Gates, after which she left her job at Microsoft. Later the couple had two more kids; a son named Rory John and a daughter called Phoebe Adele Gates.