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Melinda French Gates first fell in love when she was 16 – with an Apple III computer. Her father had used the technology to help run the family business, and young Melinda made certain that it stayed in HER room! Having discovered her passion for computers, she worked at Microsoft where her most notable contributions are Microsoft Bob, Microsoft Encarta and Expedia.
Melinda Gates is also the co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which is the largest private foundation in the world, founded by herself and her husband Bill Gates. The foundation focuses on enhancing healthcare and reducing extreme poverty, and in America, to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology. As of 2004, the Bill and Melinda Foundation have an endowment of US$42.3 billion.
My Definition Of Success | If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.
On A Real Opportunity | We started our foundation because we believe we have a real opportunity to help advance equity around the world.. to help make sure that, no matter where a person is born, he or she has the chance to live a healthy, productive life.
We believe we have a real opportunity to help advance equity around the world, to help make sure that, no matter where a person is born, he or she has the chance to live a healthy, productive life.
On Taking Risks | We also believe in taking risks, because that’s how you move things along.
On Saving Lives | I care much more about saving the lives of mothers and babies than I do about a fancy museum somewhere.
My Definition Of A Strong Women | A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.
On Helping People | Helping people doesn’t have to be an unsound financial strategy.
On My All-time Favorite Things To Do | It’s really one of my all-time favorite things to do. To go out and really see the kids and visit the moms who are in these programs because I think I really get to see what happens on the ground and connect with them about what changes are that happen in their lives because of some of the giving that we’re able to do.
My background was computer science and business school, so eventually I worked my way up where I was running product groups – development, testing, marketing, user education.
On Educating Woman | When girls are educated and free to pursue their passions, they contribute more to a thriving society. When women have a voice, they raise it to demand a life that is greater than what they’ve been told they have a right to expect. And these demands change the future for everyone.
On Philanthropy | Philanthropy is not about the money. It’s about using whatever resources you have at your fingertips and applying them to improving the world.
On Believing | Make sure you continue to trust what you know now about yourself and stay true to what you believe in