When Bill and Melinda Gates first met back in 1987, they were at very different points in their lives. Bill was the CEO of Microsoft, after all, while Melinda was several rungs down the ladder at the technology company, just embarking on the first few steps of her career. But this didn’t stop the pair from hitting it off.
After dating for seven years, Bill and Melinda became husband and wife in 1994. And throughout the couple’s relationship, they have enjoyed unbridled success with both Microsoft and their eponymous charitable foundation. Indeed, it’s a journey that has seen them become one of the wealthiest pairings in the world – but also one of the most generous.