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Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates

Cochair, Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

A computer science grad with an MBA, Melinda Gates joined Microsoft in 1987. A decade later she stepped down to cochair the world's largest private charitable foundation.

I am inspired by the women I meet everywhere I go. They have to work so hard just to make sure their families survive, but somehow they stay optimistic and do everything in their power to make the future better than the past.