BILLIONAIRE PROFILES: Melinda French Gates
Quick Facts About Melinda French Gates
- Gates’s experience of a male-dominated workplace at Microsoft inspired her to encourage more women in the computing field
- Melinda still remains a co-chairperson at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation despite the infamous split with her husband – Bill Gates
- Melinda is mother of 3 children – Jennifer, Phoebe and Rory Gates
- Melinda, in 2007, became a recipient of a honorary doctorate in medicine from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.
“Every company needs technology, and yet we’re graduating fewer women technologists. That is not good for society. We have to change it.”
“As I thought about strong women of history, I realized that they stepped out in some way”
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Bachelors & Masters Degrees, Duke University
MELINDA FRENCH GATES’ CITIZENSHIP
MELINDA FRENCH GATES’ NET WORTH (2021)
$3.3 BILLION US DOLLARS (Forbes)
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…As for Melinda, it remains unclear how much of the fortune she will end up with following the divorce. The pair asked a judge in Washington to follow a separation agreement, a contract typically signed when spouses are living apart but have not yet divorced.
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The terms of the contract have not been disclosed, so it is not yet known who will get their main family residence, a sprawling $131 million estate dubbed Xanadu 2.0, along with their other homes, private planes, art collection and large farmland holdings. In their divorce petition, Bill and Melinda said their relationship was “irretrievably broken,” but the pair hasn’t said exactly what prompted the split. Melinda reportedly began consulting divorce lawyers as far back as 2019 after Bill’s meetings with deceased sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein came to light, the Wall Street Journal first reported… (Forbes)