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I don’t believe Windows will fade into irrelevance.
— Hewlett-Packard CEO Léo Apotheker
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Before she ever dated Bill Gates, let alone married him, Melinda French was a damned good product manager at Microsoft. She brought to market Microsoft Publisher, which popularized the step-by-step wizards that have since spread through software everywhere. And she made a valiant, if failed, effort to radically simplify computers with Microsoft Bob. Now, with her husband, she heads the world's largest charitable foundation, bringing to philanthropy a rare combination of compassion and the business skills she honed at Microsoft. Ms. Gates received a bachelor's degree in computer science and economics from Duke University in 1986 and a master's in business administration from Duke's Fuqua School of Business in 1987. She is a mother of three and a former member of the board of trustees of Duke and a former co-chair of the Washington State Governor's Commission on Early Learning.
Posts With Melinda Gates
“Reject the cynics that say technology is flattening your experience of the world. The people who say that technology has disconnected you are wrong, but so are the people who say technology has automatically connected you.”
There are very few things that are on the banned list in our household. But iPods and iPhones are two things we don’t get for our kids.”
– Melinda Gates on the two items you don’t want to be caught dead with in the Microsoft chairman’s home