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It's taken Melinda Gates years to get comfortable in the public spotlight.
But as she steps up to champion her latest philanthropic cause, better lives for women worldwide, she's publicly talking about all sorts of things, including her relationship with her famous husband, Microsoft cofounder and the world's richest man, Bill Gates.
Earlier this year, she told the story to Fortune's Nina Easton of how Bill asked her out one Saturday morning in the company parking lot. And how she basically turned him down.
His invitation was less than enthralling. He asked to schedule dinner with her in two weeks and she told him 'that’s not spontaneous enough for me.' She gave him her number , told him to ask again closer to the day he was free. Instead he called her that night and things took off from there, even though “my mom didn’t think it was a good idea," Gates said. He was the CEO of her company and one of the world's most eligibleRead More »from Melinda Gates fell in love with Bill Gates for his 'brilliant mind' and 'huge sense of fun'