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Inside the marriage of Bill and Melinda Gates, who met at work, live in a $124 million home, and will leave their children only a small fraction of their fortune

Business Insider Logo By Áine Cain of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 22: The founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, married Melinda French in 1994.They met at Microsoft when Melinda was brought on a product manager - she initially turned down Bill's request for a date at a company picnic.Today, they run the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has an endowment of $40.3 billion. Melinda French was less than impressed when her boss asked her out on a date. It was 1987, and the recent Duke graduate had just joined Microsoft as a product manager. CEO Bill Gates approached her at a company picnic and asked if she'd be interested in grabbing dinner in two weeks. She responded, "That's not spontaneous enough for me,"  Fortune reported in 2015. Fast-forward three decades, and Bill and Melinda Gates are married with three kids, worth $90 billion, and run a namesake philanthropic enterprise boasting a $40.3 billion endowment. Here's a look at their 23-year marriage.

  • The founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, married Melinda French in 1994.
  • They met at Microsoft when Melinda was brought on a product manager - she initially turned down Bill's request for a date at a company picnic.
  • Today, they run the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has an endowment of $40.3 billion.

  • Melinda French was less than impressed when her boss asked her out on a date.

    It was 1987, and the recent Duke graduate had just joined Microsoft as a product manager. CEO Bill Gates approached her at a company picnic and asked if she'd be interested in grabbing dinner in two weeks. She responded, "That's not spontaneous enough for me," Fortune reported in 2015.

    Fast-forward three decades, and Bill and Melinda Gates are married with three kids, worth $90 billion, and run a namesake philanthropic enterprise boasting a $40.3 billion endowment.

    Here's a look at their 23-year marriage.

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