Melinda Gates@melindafrenchgates

Philanthropist, businesswoman, mother, passionate advocate for women and girls.

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Melinda Gates

This question from Dr. King, as simple as it is powerful, has stuck with me. As we celebrate his legacy today and every day, let's make sure we're answering it not only with words but with action. #MLKDay


Melinda Gates

TFW you see the galley of your book for the first time: 😁 #MomentofLift

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Melinda Gates

One of my favorite poems. Mary Oliver’s legacy will live on through her powerful words. #maryoliver


Melinda Gates

When I married Bill, I got a reading partner for life. We just finished "A Gentleman in Moscow," which we read while celebrating our 25th anniversary. I realize we’re a bit behind on this one, but if you haven’t read it yet, we highly recommend it.


Melinda Gates

Congratulations, @Malala – I cannot wait to start reading #WeAreDisplaced.


Melinda Gates

The day I chose the cover artwork for #MomentofLift. It's so exciting to see this book come to life, and I can't wait to share it with you. (Spoiler alert: I went with the turquoise – what do you think? 💙)


Melinda Gates

Instead of setting a New Year's resolution, I like to adopt a word of the year—one that encapsulates my wishes for the next 12 months. Last year, that word was "grace." I called on it in difficult moments and even wrote it on the mirror so it would stay on my mind. What word best describes your goals for 2019?
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Melinda Gates

A new year brings fresh opportunities to try new things—in my case, a game called Knockerball. Here's to 2019. I hope yours is full of new experiences and adventures. 😊


Melinda Gates

New Year’s Day 1994. We told you it was time to cut the cake. You thought that meant you needed to cut a slice for everyone and did some astonishingly quick math to calculate exactly how big each slice should be. This is the moment I realized what was happening—and also the moment you realized that cake had a cardboard middle and I had forgotten to mention it. I laughed so hard I couldn’t speak.
I thought my heart was full that night, but the last 25 years have taught me just how full a heart can get. Happy anniversary, @thisisbillgates!


Melinda Gates

As 2018 comes to a close, I always appreciate the opportunity to pause and reflect on the year – to give thanks for the bright spots and find lessons in the challenges. Here are some of my favorite memories from this year.


Melinda Gates

One of the best parts of starting a family is introducing your children to the traditions you grew up with. Even after all these years, we still love wearing matching PJs on Christmas Day. From our family to yours – have a wonderful holiday season. #MerryChristmas #HappyHolidays


Melinda Gates

#MerryChristmas! 🎄