Before announcing their divorce, Bill Gates and his wife Melinda were considered one of the most influential couples in the world. Throughout their nearly 30 year marriage, the pair looked to have an ideal relationship, which made onlookers believe that there’s always been love between them.
However, it turns out that it wasn’t love at first sight for Melinda when she met the media mogul back in the 1980s. In fact, she previously revealed that she turned down her husband when he first asked her out on a date, noting that his flirting skills were not up to par back then.
Melinda and Bill Gates posing in front of the Elysee Palace in Paris, France| Frederic Stevens/Getty Images
Melinda Gates thought Bill Gates wasn’t ‘spontaneous enough’ when he first asked her out on a date
In 1987, Melinda was a young, independent professional who had just started working at Microsoft as a product manager.
Within her first few months at the company, Melinda caught the attention of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who eventually asked her out on a date.
“He said, ‘You know, I was thinking maybe we could go out two weeks from (tonight),’” Melinda recalled during an interview with AOL’s Makers, per ABC News, in 2015.
But she quickly rejected his advances.
“Two weeks from tonight? I have no idea what I’m doing two weeks from tonight…you aren’t spontaneous enough for me,” Melinda told her future husband.
Despite her rejection, Gates was still determined to win over Melinda and called her an hour or two later to ask her out again.
“‘Is this spontaneous enough for you?’” Melinda recalled her husband telling her at the time. “And I said, ‘Okay, I guess that’s pretty spontaneous. I guess we can try.’”
Miranda Gates fell in love with her husband’s intelligence and drive
After Melinda accepted Bill’s offer to go out on a date, the two began a romance that carried on for many years.
In 2015, Melinda told Fortune magazine that she fell for the media mogul’s intelligence and appetite for a good time, which is what she loves the most about him.
Bill and Melinda Gates attending an event | Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images
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“I was definitely attracted to his brilliant mind, but beyond that, his curiosity,” she told the outlet. “And he …
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