#9:. In 1994, after seven years of dating, Bill and Melinda married in a secret ceremony on the 17th hole of a Hawaiian golf course after a pre-wedding fireworks display and a performance by Willie Nelson. Melinda reportedly paid less than $20,000 for her wedding dress and reception outfit.
#10:. Melinda gave birth to her three children in 1996, 1999, and 2002. The Gates children will not be given trust funds or inheritances from their wealthy parents. “We want to strike a balance where they have the freedom to do anything but not a lot of money showered on them so they could go out and do nothing,” Melinda was quoted as saying last year.
#11:. Speaking on the legacy she hopes to leave: “On the day I die, I want people to think that I was a great mom and a great family member and a great friend. I care about that more than I care about anything else.”