Warren Buffett to give away fortune

NEW YORK, June 25 (UPI) -- Billionaire Warren Buffett plans to begin next month giving away 85 percent of his wealth, Fortune magazine reported.

U.S. graduation rate at about 70 percent

WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- An analysis of U.S. graduation rates indicates about 30 percent of students who enter high school won't leave with a diploma.

Gates starts 2-year 'exit' from Microsoft

REDMOND, Calif., June 15 (UPI) -- Bill Gates, founder and chairman of U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp., is dropping his administrative duties to spend more time on philanthropy.

Charity subsidizing much drug research

WASHINGTON, April 25 (UPI) -- A charity-led effort to subsidize drug company research reportedly might result in as many as 10 new drugs being approved by the end of this decade.

Gates awards $21M to Chicago schools

CHICAGO, April 18 (UPI) -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given a record $21 million grant to 14 Chicago high schools to improve the curriculum and train teachers.

$75 million given pneumonia vaccine study

SEATTLE, April 3 (UPI) -- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given $75 million to a Seattle-based research group to create inexpensive pneumonia vaccines for poor nations.

Study: Dropouts say they needed more rules

WASHINGTON, March 2 (UPI) -- High school dropouts say parents and teachers failed them by not demanding more from them, a survey released Thursday said.

Gates donates $600M to fight tuberculosis

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Bill Gates has contributed $600 million to a $56 billion fund to break the back of tuberculosis worldwide, health officials in Switzerland said.

T-cell boost may increase immunity

BOSTON, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Researchers are looking at ways to re-invigorate "exhausted" CD8 T cells.

Vaccines not reaching children on time

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Vaccines for saving the lives of millions of children in poor countries are not reaching them on time because of errors and business problems.

Time magazine names 'People Who Mattered'

NEW YORK, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- While Time magazine named U2 frontman Bono and Bill and Melinda Gates its "Persons of the Year," several others were tapped as "People Who Mattered."

Time magazine names 'Persons of the Year'

NEW YORK, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- U2 singer Bono and Bill and Melinda Gates were revealed Sunday as Time magazine's "Persons of the Year."

Time picks Bono, Bill and Melinda Gates

NEW YORK, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Time magazine has named U2 frontman Bono and philanthropic couple Bill and Melinda Gates as its "Persons of the Year."

Gates: $258 million for malaria research

SEATTLE, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given $258 million in malaria research grants.

Glaxo, foundation to develop TB vaccine

PARIS, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals and a Maryland medical foundation announced a plan Thursday to develop a new tuberculosis vaccine for poor countries.
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Melinda Gates
Melinda Gates announced late August 21, 2006 that she is stepping down from the board of Bellevue, Washington-based Drugstore.com Inc., an online seller of health, vision and pharmaceutical products. Melinda resigned in order to spend more time running the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she serves as co-chair with husband and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Melinda had been on the board since 1999. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen/FILE)

Melinda Ann French (born August 15, 1964), later known as Melinda French Gates, is an American philanthropist and wife of Bill Gates. She is the co-founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a former unit manager for several Microsoft products such as Publisher, Microsoft Bob, Encarta, and Expedia.

Melinda was born in Dallas, Texas to Raymond Joseph French, Jr., an engineer, and Elaine Agnes Amerland, a homemaker. Gates was raised as a Roman Catholic and attended St. Monica Catholic School, where she was the top student in her class year. She graduated as valedictorian from Ursuline Academy of Dallas in 1982. Gates earned a bachelor's degree in computer science and economics from Duke University in 1986 and an MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business in 1987, where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

Shortly thereafter, she joined Microsoft and participated in the development of many of Microsoft’s multimedia products including Publisher, Microsoft Bob, Encarta, and Expedia.

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