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The way the introduction is worded reeks of impropriety;
Melinda French Gates 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. In 1994, she married Bill Gates, founder, chairman, and former chief software architect of Microsoft.
I say this because it seems like her prominence stems from her marriage to Bill. Perhaps if we changed the first sentence to read something along the lines of:
Melinda French Gates, wife of Bill Gates, is the... etc.
it would not have this problem?
MinderBinder, I added an external link back to a timeline of Melinda Gates' life. It is not linkspam, it is a collaborative biographical project that I monitor, and is collaboratively told by a community of people on OurStory. It is not commerical in any way, and is free to reference and browse. The timline provides a quality biographical timeline of here life, and includes a lot of info that is not available in this wikipedia entry. Biographyfan 23:27, 20 April 2007 (UTC)
Wow, I thought she was just a piece of eye candy the world's richest man picked up. Turns out she has a brain and has used it and shares similar interests to Bill.
- Hardly! Hers was the 'brain' behind cringeworthy like Microsoft Bob.
- At her best I don't think Melinda was exactly arm/eye candy ;) ...their marriage definitely looks like a meeting of the minds....
- She is eye candy, the same type of eye candy Windows 95 which was released just after their marriage had. 18.104.22.168 11:05, 1 November 2005 (UTC)
Does anyone know if she still works at Microsoft? Based on her list of positions I guess not but who knows?
What's wrong with you idiots?? MS Bob was an idea that didn't work, and I doubt that she was the ringleader for the whole thing. Anyway, she doesn't wear makeup - and she doesn't have to since she's uber rich. Of course she doesn't work at MS anymore - god you guys are dirtballs!
- I actually like the idea of Micorosft Bob a lot, it's a shame it wasn't more successful. --HideandLeek 08:39, 5 February 2007 (UTC)
The current pic sucks. There I said it.
- Now we have no pic :-( PureLegend 20:57, 15 October 2006 (UTC)
in the external link section of this article, there is a link to NNDB. is this a credible site? a quick preview of the site lists her "Race or Ethnicity" as "White" and "Sexual Orientation" as "Straight". this not only sounds unprofessional but also poor and inaccurate.
- Would you prefer "translucent" and "linear", or is that not PC enough? Really. "White" is pretty terrible, (so is 'black' for that matter), but "Caucasian" is laughable. Pick one, any one, they all offend *someone*.
A quick review of other biographies (Michael Dell, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet) in wikipedia don't seem to list NNDB as an external link.
Thanks, 22.214.171.124 05:34, 5 December 2006 (UTC)
I've removed the NNDB link. let me know if you object. 03:01, 6 December 2006 (UTC)
- Here is an idea. Find her high school, ask the studio that took her senior photo for copyright permission to produce a reduced resolution JPEG here... and voila. Brilliant, eh?
Is there a source to back up the use of the Roman Catholic tag in the categories? Attendance at a Catholic schools is not necessarily indicative of religion. I tried Googling this, but I could only find others describing her as Catholic. --Westendgirl 22:21, 25 March 2007 (UTC)
- Secondary sources are good. Primary are better, but if you were were 1/2 of 56 billion, would you allow your personal life to inhabit 'National Enquirer' or its ilk?
- Yeh, me neither. ;)
- Secondary sources- About.com is crap in itself, but aside from that personal bias they say that her family as Catholic, which is rather vague. RenewAmerica promises that Melinda is a Roman Catholic. Then there is a blog post which claims that Melinda is advocating condom distribution (a big Catholic no-no). Astrodatabank says they had a Roman Catholic ceremony when they got hitched. Annnnnd, a Gates Foundation data sheet shows a substantial gift to Catholic charities amongst a bunch of secular recipients.
- These show a trend toward at least nominal adherence to Roman Catholicism, but with some notable caveats. Onward, Wikipedia soldiers! Cite cite cite! And Thanks For All The Fish! 126.96.36.199 18:42, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
- The Independent has this article which says she's a life long catholic but that she's opposing the vatican about birth control, and having the Gates foundation donate £360 million to that cause. Also mentions the word Philanthropist (which I notice someone else mentioned as not having a citation). EdwardLane (talk) 08:45, 12 July 2012 (UTC)
Just added two newspaper cites for Roman Catholicism, one of which is a video interview in which Ms. Gates self-identifies as Catholic. I think for Wikipedia purposes, self-i.d. should suffice. Although Catholic contraception opponents may understandably question whether she happens to be a "good" Catholic by their lights, I don't think, for Wikipedia purposes at least, there is any particular question that she is a Catholic. To really get into the weeds on this, I suppose one might consider that under Canon Law (specifically Canon 1398), "A person who procures a completed abortion incurs a latae sententiae excommunication." To the extent that her charitable work involves "procuring abortions," for aid recipients, I suppose someone could make that argument, although funding charities might not constitute direct material cooperation; I don't know. However, I think Wikipedia goes by self-i.d., so IMHO this one is settled for Wikipedia purposes. Rinne na dTrosc (talk) 13:42, 12 July 2012 (UTC)
You can not call someone a 'devout' anything if they don't believe the church they are supposedly 'devout' in. Calling her a 'devout' Catholic is an oxymoron since she supports things that are in direct and serious conflict with the Church. The term 'devout' is used for those who actually 'faithfully' follow their faith. The Gate's support abortion and that is one of the non-negotiable issues a Catholic can not support and still be considered a 'faithful' or 'devout' Catholic as it is a direct violation of the faith. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 17:24, 15 November 2013 (UTC)
There's no direct citation for the line "She is a republican philanthropist". I checked and couldn't find any references on the web either. With that in mind I'm going to delete the line for now. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Horacelamb (talk • contribs) 22:36, 10 July 2009 (UTC)
Both husband & wife are good human being.