Birth date: 8/15/1964
Family: Divorced, 3 children
Education: Duke University, Duke University Fuqua School of Business

Melinda French Gates is an American philanthropist and former computer scientist and general manager at Microsoft. French Gates has consistently been ranked as one of the world’s most powerful women by Forbes. On May 3-2021, Bill and Melinda Gates announced their decision to divorce after 27 years of marriage.

As for Melinda Gates’s wealth, the philanthropist and former Microsoft general manager’s assets are currently intertwined with her husband’s.

Gates was born Melinda Ann French on August 15, 1964 in Dallas, Texas. She is the second of four children born to Elaine Amerland, a homemaker, and Raymond Joseph French Jr., an aerospace engineer. Melinda was introduced to the Apple II by her father, which sparked her interest in computer games and programming. She attended St. Monica Catholic School, and graduated as valedictorian from Ursuline Academy of Dallas in 1982. In 1986 she graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in computer science and economics, and the following year she graduated with an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. She lives in Seattle and has three children.

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Net Worth: 6.4 billion USD (2022)

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