Inside the marriage of Bill and Melinda Gates, who met at work, live in a $124 million home, and will leave their children only a small fraction of their fortune

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Melinda Gates didn't think her future husband was "spontaneous" enough, at first.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates married Melinda French in 1994.

• They met at Microsoft when Melinda was brought on a product manager - she initially turned down Bill's request for a date at a company picnic.
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• Today, they run the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has an endowment of $40.3 billion.


Melinda French was less than impressed when her boss asked her out on a date.

It was 1987, and the recent Duke graduate had just joined Microsoft as a product manager. CEO Bill Gates approached her at a company picnic and inquired if she'd be interested in grabbing dinner in two weeks. Business Insider reported her response was, "That's not spontaneous enough for me."
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Flash forward three decades, and Bill and Melinda Gates are married with three kids, worth $89.6 billion, and run a namesake philanthropic enterprise boasting a $40.3 billion endowment.

Here's a look inside their 23-year marriage:Get the latest Microsoft stock price here.
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