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Melinda Gates

Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

As co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda Gates shapes and approves strategies, reviews results, and sets the overall direction of the organization. Over the last 15 years, her work has led her to increasingly focus on empowering women and girls as a way to bring transformational improvements in the health and prosperity of families, communities and societies. Melinda received a bachelor’s degree from Duke and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School. After joining Microsoft Corp. in 1987, she helped develop many of the company’s multimedia products. In 1996, Melinda left Microsoft to focus on her philanthropic work and family.

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