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Melinda Gates is known for her philanthropy.
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She and her husband, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, have continued built a legacy of giving in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
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The couple donated $100 million through their charity, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on Feb. 5 to prevent what Gates called the "once-in-a-century pathogen we’ve been worried about."
Bill and Melinda Gates reside in a Seattle suburb and have been encouraging Americans to practice social distancing from their multimillion-dollar mansion.
Here are five things to know about Melinda Gates:
1. She attended Duke University
Born Melinda French, she was raised in Dallas, Texas, and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Duke University. She studied computer science.
Melinda Gates was a member of Duke University’s board of trustees from 1996 until 2003, according to her LinkedIn page.
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2. She worked at Microsoft for nine years
The philanthropic power couple met at Microsoft after Melinda Gates chose to take a job at the start-up rather than powerhouse IBM, GeekWire reported.
She has advocated for women in tech for years.
"For the tech industry there is no silver bullet, but what I would say is absolutely make sure that in every single meeting you’re in, women have a seat at the table," Gates said according to GeekWire. "Not one woman. Many women."