Melinda French Gates is a philanthropist, businesswoman, and global advocate for women and girls. As the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda sets the direction and priorities of the world's largest philanthropy. She is also the founder of Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company working to drive social progress for women and families in the United States. Melinda spent the first decade of her career developing multimedia products at Microsoft. She lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, Bill. They have three children, Jenn, Rory, and Phoebe.