Inside the matrimony of Bill and Melinda Gates, who met at work, live in a $124 million home, and will leave their children only a tiny fragment of their fortune

Bill and Melinda GatesMelinda Gates didn’t consider her future husband was “spontaneous” adequate at first.Scott Olson/Getty Images

  • The founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, married Melinda French in 1994.
  • They met at Microsoft when Melinda was brought on a product manager — she primarily incited down Bill’s ask for a date at a company picnic.
  • Today, they run the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation, which has an capacity of $40.3 billion.

Melinda French was reduction than tender when her boss asked her out on a date.

It was 1987, and the new Duke connoisseur had just assimilated Microsoft as a product manager. CEO Bill Gates approached her at a company cruise and asked if she’d be meddlesome in grabbing cooking in two weeks. She responded, “That’s not extemporaneous adequate for me,” Fortune reported in 2015.

Fast-forward 3 decades, and Bill and Melinda Gates are married with 3 kids, worth $90 billion, and run a namesake munificent enterprise boasting a $40.3 billion endowment.

Here’s a demeanour at their 23-year marriage.

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