Melinda French Gates

Founder at Pivotal Ventures

Melinda French Gates

Melinda French Gates

Founder at Pivotal Ventures

Career Highlights

Pivotal Ventures
Gates Learning Foundation
William H. Gates Foundation

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Primary Location

Medina, WA

Number of Boards



08/15/1964 - Dallas, TX, United States



Number of Awards


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Co-Founder at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Chief Executive Officer at Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.

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Managing Director at Pivotal Ventures

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Investor at Coupa Software, Inc.

Relationship likelihood: Strong

Former Senior Director of Strategic Relationships at Microsoft Corporation

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Chief Operating Officer at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Chief Communications Officer at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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President, US Program at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Co-Founder at Schultz Family Foundation

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Co-Chief Executive Officer at CCA Global Partners, Inc.

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Founder at Pivotal Ventures
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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation work with partner organizations worldwide to tackle critical problems in four program areas. The Global Development Division works to help the world’s poorest people lift themselves out of hunger and poverty. The Global Health Division aims to harness advances in science and technology to save lives in developing countries. The United States Division works to improve U.S. high school and postsecondary education and support vulnerable children and families in Washington State. And the Global Policy & Advocacy Division seeks to build strategic relationships and promote policies that will help advance our work. The approach to grantmaking in all four areas emphasizes collaboration, innovation, risk-taking, and, most importantly, results.

Parent-In-Law, Deceased
Former President at The King County Bar Association

The King County Bar Association (KCBA) was founded in 1886 and incorporated in 1906 as a voluntary professional association. Today the mission of the King County Bar Association is to provide support to its diverse membership; promote a just, collegial and accessible legal system and profession; work with the judiciary to achieve excellence in the administration of justice; strive to benefit the community through its own efforts and those of its Foundation; and offer opportunities for public service and input into matters of public policy. Governed by a 17-member Board of Trustees, the bar currently has over 5,400 members, a staff of 35 and an annual budget of $3 million. The Executive Director as chief executive officer is responsible for the organization, operation and supervision of Association activities, as guided by policies and goals established by the board.

Class of 1987

The Fuqua School of Business (pronounced /'fju?kw?/) is the business school of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, United States. It currently enrolls 1,340 students in degree-seeking programs. These programs include the Daytime Master of Business Administration (MBA), the Global Executive MBA, the Cross Continent MBA, the Weekend Executive MBA, Master of Management Studies: Foundations of Business, Master of Management in Clinical Informatics (MMCi), Master of Management Studies (in partnership with the Seoul National University), joint degree programs (including joint degrees in medicine, law, environmental management, forestry, public policy, and nursing), a one-year Master of Management Studies program in Kunshan, China (starting) 2012 and a Ph.D. program. Additionally, Duke Executive Education and Duke Corporate Education offer non-degree business education and professional development programs.

Bachelor's in Computer Science & Economics
Class of 1986

Duke University is an academic university that offers undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. It also has publications and research services. The university was founded in 1838 and is headquartered in Durham, NC.

Class of 1982

Ursuline Academy of Dallas is an independent Catholic college preparatory school for young women sponsored by the Ursuline Sisters. Founded in 1874. The mission of Ursuline Academy is the total development of the individual student through spiritual formation, intellectual growth, service to others, and building of community.


The Giving Pledge is a campaign to encourage the wealthiest people in the world to make a commitment to give most of their wealth to philanthropic causes. The campaign specifically focuses on billionaires and was made public in 2010 by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. The Huffington Post reported in April 2012 that "81 billionaires committed to giving at least half of their fortunes to charity". As of July 2013, 113 billionaire individuals and couples and one family group have signed the pledge.

Career History
2015 - Current

Pivotal Ventures is a separate, independent organization to identify, help develop and implement innovative solutions to problems affecting U.S. women and families.

Prior - 2000
1994 - 2000
Boards & Committees
2004 - Prior

The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO) is a diversified education and media company whose principal operations include educational services, newspaper print and online publishing, television broadcasting and cable television systems. The Company owns Kaplan, Inc., a leading global provider of educational services to individuals, schools and businesses, serving over one million students annually with operations in more than 30 countries. Its programs include higher education, test preparation, language instruction and professional training

Prior, Inc. operates an online drugstore which offers health, beauty, wellness, personal care and pharmacy products. It provides medicine cabinet, gifts, oral care, green and natural, diet and fitness, household products. The firm's mail-order pharmacy segment provides prescription drugs and supplies to cash-paying and insurance-covered individuals through mail-order facility. The company was founded by Jed A. Smith in April 1998 and is headquartered in Bellevue, WA.

Member, Board of Trustees
1996 - 2003

Duke University is an academic university that offers undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. It also has publications and research services. The university was founded in 1838 and is headquartered in Durham, NC.

Member, Board of Directors

Hudson Village Theatre is a non-­profit charitable arts organization. The theatre operates year round offering a range of professional and community performing arts choices to its clients. The company was founded by Heather Markgraf-­Lowe in 1993 and is headquartered in Hudson, Canada.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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The Foundation provides Fellowships to exceptionally talented individuals studying in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences. The Foundation is a tax exempt, not-for-profit organization which provides fellowships tenable at over 40 of the nation's finest universities for graduate work leading to award of the PhD degree in applications of the physical sciences. Each year the Foundation conducts a national competition for new Hertz Fellows. Of those who apply, only about one quarter will be interviewed. Of those who are interviewed, approximately one in ten will be awarded a Hertz Fellowship.

$10K - $25K

The UC Berkeley School of Public Health is highly regarded for the quality of its faculty and students and has a reputation for excellence in education, research, and community engagement. More than 12,000 graduates have put their education and skills into practice in public health worldwide. Our alumni are transformational leaders across all health sectors, with a legacy of impact and innovation locally and globally.

Political Donations

Representative from Kentucky's 5th Congressional District


Former President of United States


The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is the official campaign arm of the Democrats in the House. The DCCC is the only political committee in the country whose principal mission is to support Democratic House candidates every step of the way.

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Crisis Text Line, Inc. is an American private company located in New York, NY, that operates non profit organisation which provides business support service. Nancy Lublin has been the CEO since 2015.The company says this about itself: Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7, confidential support for people in crisis via text. Crisis Counselors complete a 30-hour training and have 24/7 supervision by full-time Crisis Text Line mental health professionals. In the US, Text CRISIS to 741741 24/7 a week to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line launched in 2013 in the United States and in 2020 in Ireland. Shout and Kids Help Phone are affiliate partners of Crisis Text Line, offering the service in the UK and Canada.

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Director of Research & Development Policy & Head of Malawi Office at African Institute for Development Policy

Awards & Honors
Government of the United States of America - Presidential Medal of Freedom
Rank #3
Forbes Magazine - 100 Most Powerful Women
Rank #1
The Chronicle of Philanthropy - Philanthropy 50
Sabado Gigante - TV Show

2013 Glamour Magazine Women of the Year Awards

2013 Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference

The Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference is an annual conference hosted and wholly independently funded by private investment firm Allen & Company. The conference has taken place in Sun Valley, Idaho for one week each July since 1983. The conference typically features business leaders, political figures, and major figures in the philanthropic and cultural spheres.

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