#5:. Melinda’s dedication to her school work did not hamper her social life. She was a member of Duke’s Beta Rho chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. In a 1995 interview, a sorority sister remembered her as a serial monogamist and a reserved dresser.
#6:. Shortly after graduation, Melinda was recruited by Microsoft just after the company went public and stocks began to soar. During her time at the company, she was project manager of Microsoft Bob, Microsoft Encarta, and Expedia.
#7:. At a company picnic, Bill asked Melinda if she’d like to join him on a date in two weeks. She turned him down because he wasn’t spontaneous enough. Within an hour, Bill asked to take her out that night and she agreed. They kept a low-profile at work and asked co-workers and family members to respect their privacy.
#8:. Melinda calls the couple’s first trip to Africa in 1993 “the turning point”. During a walk on the beach in Zanzibar, they decided to do something about the devastation they’d seen. Thus, The Gates Foundation was born.