She earned a double bachelor’s degree from Duke University
Gates went to high school at the Ursuline Academy of Dallas and graduated valedictorian and served as head of the drill team, according to Business Insider.
She then earned a double bachelor’s degree in computer science and economics from Duke University and a master’s degree from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in just five years.
While studying at Duke, she was a member of the Beta Rho chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority.
Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, became a billionaire in her own right this week. (Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
She met Bill shortly before she joined Microsoft
Their decades-long relationship began in 1987 after crossing paths at a dinner during a trade convention in New York when Melinda was hired on as a product manager at Microsoft.
“There were two chairs open… I sat down. The next chair was empty. Ten minutes later, Bill came in and sat down next to me,” Melinda recalled in a 2019 interview during an episode of “The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations.”
At the time, Melinda had rebuffed Gates’ invitation to hit up a dance club with him and some friends as she had previously made plans with another pal.
It wasn’t until the pair saw each other in the parking lot at Microsoft HQ months later that they began chatting away and Gates extended another invitation for Melinda to join him for dinner.