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11 things you didn’t know about Melinda Gates – Wife of Bill Gates

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melinda bill 1Melinda Gates is best known as Bill’s other half. People close to the family even say she’s his better half.

Here are eleven facts you didn’t know about the other half of the world’s wealthiest couple:

#1:. Melinda Gates (neè French) grew up in Dallas, Texas with her parents — her mother was a stay-at-home wife and her father was an aerospace engineer — and her three siblings.The family belonged to the local Roman Catholic parish.

#2:. The Frenches were determined to send all four of their children to college so Melinda’s father started a side business for rental properties. “We would help him run the business and keep the books,” she said. “We saw money coming in and money going out.”

#3:. Melinda was valedictorian and head of the drill team at her high school, Ursuline Academy of Dallas. In 2007, the Gates Foundation donated a total of $7 million to Ursuline for the construction of The French Family Science, Math, and Technology Center, a 70,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold certified laboratory and classroom building.

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