Melinda French Gates

Melinda Ann French Gates (née French; August 15, 1964) is an American business woman who once worked at Microsoft. She was married to Bill Gates. They met while she was working for Microsoft.

Melinda Gates

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Melinda Gates at the World Economic Forum in 2011
Melinda Ann French

(1964-08-15) August 15, 1964 (age 59)
Alma materDuke University (BA), (MBA)
OccupationCo-Chair and Founder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Bill Gates
(m. 1994; div. 2021)

She was awarded an honorary damehood by Queen Elizabeth II in 2014 for her services to charity and international development. As an American citizen, she cannot be called "Dame Melinda", but can use the letters "DBE" after her name. Her current occupations are that she is a philanthropist and she is running the "Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation" with her ex-husband. She has three children : Phoebe Adele Gates, Rory John Gates, and Jennifer Katharine Gates. She got awarded for the Gates Foundation in May 2006.

On May 3, 2021, Bill and Melinda Gates announced that they had decided to divorce following 27 years of marriage, and 34 years as a couple. The couple said they will keep working together on charitable efforts.[1]

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  1. Novet, Jordan (May 3, 2021). "Bill Gates and Melinda Gates are splitting up after 27 years". NBC. Retrieved May 3, 2021.

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