However, her lasting legacy will be her demonstration of incredible philanthropy work across the world.
The love she developed for computers and interactive media began at an early age.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Duke University in 1986. She followed it up with a master’s in business administration the next year from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Melinda began her career at Microsoft Corporation in 1987.
Some of her most significant accomplishments are the budget travel planning website Expedia, interactive multimedia encyclopedia Encarta, and the interactive movie guide Cinemania.
She first met Bill at a PC trade show in Manhattan in 1987 and began dating.
In 1994, they were married and had their first child two years later.
Melinda Gates was extremely instrumental in expanding the focus of the foundation in 2011 to include global health, education, access to digital media at libraries, and supporting at-risk families in the Washington/Oregon state area.
The foundation has been involved in developing prevention, vaccines, and treatments for illnesses like malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS.
Melinda donated a staggering 560 million dollars in 2012 to improve access and availability of contraceptive products to women of third-world nations.