- United States
- Businesswoman and philanthropist
Melinda Gates was one of the first women to study computer sciences in the early 1980s and helped develop many of the most important products of the male-dominated Microsoft Corporation. Now alongside her husband Bill Gates she has made climate change and clean energy a personal mission.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a $43.5bn trust, is the largest private philanthropic organisation in the world and is committed to the eradication of malaria and polio, and controlling the spread of tuberculosis and HIV.