Melinda Gates Talks About Meeting Bill For The First Time


12, 2015

Melinda Gates is currently the co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She helps to shape and approve strategies, setting the overall direction for the foundation. In the recent interviewm Melinda was asked about the first time Bill asked her out.

Here’s how the conversation went,

Bill : “You know, I was thinking maybe we could go out, if you give me your phone number, maybe two weeks from tonight?”

Melinda: “Two weeks from tonight?, I have no idea what I’m doing two weeks from tonight. You’re not spontaneous enough for me.”

An hour later,

Bill: “Is this spontaneous enough for you?”

Melinda also revealed that the idea of starting a foundation and giving away most of the fortune came during their first trip to Africa.

About Melinda’s philanthropic work,

Over the years, Melinda has become a champion for women and girls’ rights and health around the world. In 2012, she spearheaded the London Summit on Family Planning, aiming to deliver contraceptives to 120 million women in developing countries by 2020. And on her storytelling platform Better by Half, she shares stories about individuals and organizations doing work to empower women and girls. In 2014, Gates began her partnership with Hillary and Chelsea Clinton on No Ceilings, a project to collect and analyze data on global gender equality in the 21st century.

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