Melinda French Gates (born Melinda Ann French ; August 15, 1964) [ 1 ] is an American businesswoman and philanthropist .
East Campus, home to all Duke freshmen, features Georgian style architecture.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ( B&MGF or the Gates Foundation ) is the largest transparently operated [ 4 ] private foundation in the world, founded by Bill and Melinda Gates .
The Catholic Church , also known as the Roman Catholic Church , is the world's largest Christian church , with 1.1 billion members worldwide. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ] It is among the oldest Christian institutions, and has played a prominent role in the history of Western civilisation . [ 4 ] The Catholic hierarchy is led by the Pope and includes cardinals , patriarchs and diocesan bishops . The Church teaches that it is the one true church divinely [ 5 ] [ 6 ] [ 7 ] [ 8 ] founded by Jesus Christ , [ 9 ] [ 10 ] that its bishops are the successors of Christ's apostles and that the Pope is the sole successor to Saint Peter who has apostolic primacy . [ 11 ] [ note 1 ] [ 12 ] [ note 2 ] [ note 3 ]
William Henry "Bill" Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate , investor, programmer, [ 5 ] inventor [ 6 ] and philanthropist. Gates is the former chief executive and current chairman of Microsoft , the world’s largest personal-computer software company, which he co-founded with Paul Allen . He is consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people [ 7 ] and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2009, excluding 2008, when he was ranked third; [ 1 ] in 2011 he was the wealthiest American and the second wealthiest person. [ 8 ] [ 9 ] During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of CEO and chief software architect , and remains the largest individual shareholder, with 6.4 percent of the common stock . [ a ] He has also authored and co-authored several books.
Coordinates : Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational software corporation headquartered in Redmond , Washington that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of products and services related to computing . The company was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975. Microsoft is the world's largest software maker measured by revenues. [ 4 ] It is also one of the world's most valuable companies . [ 5 ] Microsoft was established to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800 .