Melinda and Bill Gates are divorcing after 27 years of marriage. The wife of the founder of Microsoft has walked a long and bright path with her husband, putting her intellect and wisdom not only in the family but in business and charity.
Melinda is rarely mentioned separately from Bill Gates' name. Melinda and Bill Gates - it seems that these two have grown together in the media space like Siamese twins. The news of the divorce is therefore shocking: the two of them have created an empire, focusing on the most important areas of human existence - health, education and the fight against climate change. As part of this struggle, Melinda paired up with her husband not only to promote the interests of children around the world but also for equality.
Being married to Bill Gates is not an easy job in itself. In her recent memoir, Melinda recalls her childhood and acquaintance with Bill, as well as the various situations she had to deal with as the wife of one of the richest people in the world and the mother of three children.
Melinda Gates believes that working together at the foundation has made them equal. Although in intellectual qualities Melinda Gates was never inferior to her husband.
In the 2000s, Melinda began to step out of the shadow of her husband's fame. Even then, the Wall Street Journal put her at the top of its list of 50 women to watch. In 2015, Gates founded Pivotal Ventures investment company.
Melinda grew up in Dallas, Texas, the daughter of an aerospace engineer and a housewife. She attended a Catholic girls' school. The booming computer technology became the main hobby of Melinda's childhood. When she was 14, her father brought home an Apple II computer, one of the first consumer computers available to ordinary Americans. Melinda got carried away with this invention and convinced her parents to move the computer to her room so she could learn computer programming.
Contrary to popular belief, an enormous charity like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is not just giving out money to anyone who asks, but creating extensive partnerships to help governments, businesses and individuals. It takes a diplomatic approach, and Melinda is an expert here. She is the person who creates a comfortable environment for any visitor, new employee or party to the transaction, a person who unites a wide variety of people in achieving a goal. Melinda Gates has a natural gift for diplomacy.
But Melinda could not limit the breadth of her ambitions to her family circle. Even before marriage, Melinda discussed with Bill possible ways to manage his huge fortune and participated in the development of the Foundation.
In 2006, Warren Buffett donated $ 30 billion to the Foundation, and the Gates couple donated $ 28 billion to charity.