Melinda Gates (ex-wife of Bill Gates)
Melinda Gates, born Melinda Ann French on August 15, 1964, in Dallas, Texas, is an American philanthropist, businesswoman, and advocate for women and girls. She is best known as the co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the world’s largest private charitable organizations.
Melinda Gates married Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, in 1994. Together, they established the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 with the mission to enhance healthcare and reduce poverty globally. The foundation focuses on various areas, including global health, education, and access to information technology.
Melinda Gates has been actively involved in the foundation’s work, taking on a leadership role and playing a significant part in shaping its initiatives and strategies. She has been a strong advocate for women’s rights and empowerment, investing in programs and organizations that promote gender equality and economic opportunities for women and girls around the world.
In May 2021, after 27 years of marriage, Melinda and Bill Gates announced their decision to divorce, while emphasizing their continued commitment to their foundation’s philanthropic work.
Melinda Gates has been recognized for her philanthropy and leadership, receiving numerous accolades and honors for her efforts to address global challenges and improve lives through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She continues to be a prominent figure in the field of philanthropy and remains dedicated to making a positive impact on society.