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Melinda French Gates[2] (born Melinda Ann French; August 15, 1964) 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.[3]

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Melinda French Gates
French Gates in 2012
Melinda Ann French

(1964-08-15) August 15, 1964 (age 58)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
EducationDuke University (BA, MBA)
OccupationCo-Chair and Founder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Founder, Pivotal Ventures
(m. 1994; div. 2021)
Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom (2016)

In 2000, she and her then-husband Bill Gates co-founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's largest private charitable organization as of 2015.[4] She and her ex-husband have been awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom and the French Legion of Honour. In early May 2021, Bill and Melinda Gates announced they were getting divorced but will still remain co-chairs of the foundation.[5]