Melinda Ann French aka Melinda Gates, is an American businesswoman and philanthropist. She worked as a project manager for Expedia, Microsoft Encarta and Microsoft Bob. In 1986, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in computer science and economics from Duke University and earned MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business in 1987. She is the daughter of Elaine Agnes Amerland, a homemaker and Raymond Joseph French Jr., an engineer.
She is none other than the wife of Microsoft's co-founder Bill Gates. The two first met while working at Microsoft Company. They have raised three children: 2 daughters Phoebe Adele Gates and Jennifer Katharine Gates and a son Rory John Gates from their marriage. The couple is active in various charitable works and as of 2014, they have donated more than US$30 billion to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, whose aim is to reduce poverty, enhance healthcare and create educational opportunities.