Mrs. Gates, age 43, is Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She was elected a Director of the Company in September 2004. Mrs. Gates held a number of different positions after joining Microsoft Corporation in 1987; she retired from her position as Microsoft’s General Manager of Information Products in 1996. Following her retirement, Mrs. Gates has directed her activities toward the non-profit world, having served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Duke University and as Co-Chair of the Washington State Governor’s Commission on Early Learning.
Melinda Gates received a bachelor’s degree in computer science and economics from Duke University in 1986 and a master’s in business administration from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in 1987.more » « less