BILL GATES'S SPOUSE
|MELINDA ANN GATES|
| ||Melinda Ann Gates was born Melinda Ann French on August 15, 1964 in Dallas, Texas. She was the second of four children born to Raymond Joseph French Jr., an aerospace engineer, and Elaine Agnes French, a homemaker. She has an older sister and two younger brothers. |
Melinda Gates, a Roman Catholic, attended St. Monica Catholic School, where she was the top student in her class year. She graduated as valedictorian from Ursuline Academy of Dallas in 1982.
Melinda Gates 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. She was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Beta Rho Chapter, at Duke University.
Shortly thereafter, she joined Microsoft and participated in the development of many of Microsoft's multimedia products including Publisher, Microsoft Bob, Encarta, and Expedia.
In 1994, she married Bill Gates in a private ceremony held in Lanai, Hawaii. Shortly thereafter, she left Microsoft to focus on starting and raising her family. Her last position was Microsoft's General Manager of Information Products.
Melinda Gates served as a member of Duke University's board of trustees from 1996 to 2003. Melinda Gates 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.