When Bill and Melinda Gates first met back in 1987, the pair were at very different points in their lives. Bill was the CEO of Microsoft, while Melinda was several rungs down the ladder at the technology company, just embarking on the first few steps of her career. But that didn’t stop the couple from hitting it off.
After dating for seven years, Bill and Melinda married in 1994. And throughout their relationship, the couple have enjoyed unbridled success with both Microsoft and their eponymous charitable foundation. Indeed, it’s a journey that has seen the couple become one of the most wealthy in the world, but also one of the most generous.
Among their achievements, Bill and Melinda count three children, who they’ve tried to raise to be as grounded as possible. And as a result of their seemingly perfect relationship, many reporters have tried to uncover the secret of their long-lasting marriage over the years. But it seems that the answer to their success is actually quite simple.