Melinda Ann Gates ( born August 15, 1964), DBE is an American philanthropist, former Microsoft employee, and wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
She is co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She worked at Microsoft, where she was project manager for Microsoft Bob, Encarta and Expedia.
She graduated as valedictorian from Ursuline Academy of Dallas in 1982. She earned a bachelor's degree in computer science and economics from Duke University in 1986 and an MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business in 1987. At Duke, French was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Beta Rho Chapter.
In 2017, Gates was listed by UK-based company Richtopia at number 12 in the list of 200 Most Influential Philanthropists and Social Entrepreneurs Worldwide
In 2017, President François Hollande awarded Gates and her husband with the France's highest national award - Legion of Honour in Paris for their charity efforts.
In 2017 she was awarded the Otto Hahn Peace Medal 2016 of the United Nations Association of Germany (DGVN), Berlin-Brandenburg, ″for outstanding services to peace and international understanding″ in the historic Berlin Town Hall.
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