Good deeds have been an intrical part of the relationship of Bill and Melinda Gates, and those good deeds will continue even after they are divorced. Not only did Bill and Melinda Gates create a beautiful family during their 27 year marriage, they also founded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000. Committed to combating poverty and human suffering worldwide, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has made the world a better place. As the biggest private foundation the world, the BMGF focuses on healthcare, education, economics and the environment among many other crucial issues.
Contributors to the BMGF can see exactly where there money goes. The neediest, across the world, are the recipients of the funds that help to alleviate poverty and suffering. The needy, who receive aid from the BMGF, have certainly benefited in many ways as their lives have improved dramatically. In a nutshell, they are no longer the forgotten ones in society.
Since global health is one of their main priorities, the BMGF spent $86 million for polio eradication in 2006. This foundation is also fighting diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria–just to name a few examples. Since the BMGF believes in the empowerment of girls to grow up into strong young women, they spent $71 million for planned parenthood. These are just some of the ways that the BMGF is helping vulnerable populations worldwide, for there are many examples of how this foundation is positively impacting people. Wherever the need arises, the BMGF is there to lend a helping hand.
Even before creating the BMGF, Bill and Melinda Gates already had mathematical genius that would enable them to make a fortune and change the world. At the age of 13, Bill developed his first software program. When she was only 14, Melinda, who was introduced to Apple II by her dad and her teacher, was already excelling in computers.
Academically, both Bill and Melinda Gates were excellent students. Bill was a phenomenal test taker. Out of 1600 points on the SAT, Bill achieved an almost perfect score of 1590. Bill graduated from Lakeside School in 1973 with the distinction of being a National Merit Scholar. Melinda graduated valedictorian from Ursuline Academy of Dallas in 1982.
In college, Bill and Melinda continued to be top notch students with innovative minds. Bill enrolled at Harvard College in the fall of 1973, but he left the prestigious school when he saw the opportunity to start his own business, a lucrative business that would eventually become Microsoft.
Melissa earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and economics from Duke University in 1986. From Duke’s Fugura School of Business, she obtained an MBA in 1986. Melinda’s first job was tutoring youngsters in mathematics and computer programming, but she eventually landed her dream job, as a marketing manager, at Microsoft.
Never letting success go to their heads, Bill and Melinda Gates have always given back to society. They believe that they have a moral responsibility to inspire others to follow their lead. In addition to creating the BMGF, Bill and Melinda Gates, along with Warren Buffet, founded the Giving Pledge in 2010. In order to participate in the Giving Pledge, millionaires or billionaires must give at least half of their wealth to charitable causes either during their lifetime or upon their death. Pledgers will write a letter explaining why they are giving back to charitable causes in order for good deeds to take place. There are 211 pledgers so far, and all the pledgers are not billionaires. The world certainly be a better place if there were more pledgers. When you open your wallet, you open your heart.