Melinda Gates explains how she and Bill can work together without fighting

Business Insider | 2/13/2018 | Julie Bort
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Bill and Melinda Gates are among the most famous married couples who work together in the world.

Both of them work at their charitable foundation, which they say employs 1,500 people in offices on four continents.

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One question they are frequently asked is how they deal with disagreements as they jointly run their foundation.

Melinda Gates had some insightful answers about how to co-lead with someone who has a reputation as a demanding boss.

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Bill Gates has never had a reputation for being the easiest guy to work with. Back when he was CEO of Microsoft, he was pretty much known as a "brilliant jerk," a tech-industry term for the guy who is so clearly the smartest one in the room that he has little patience or tolerance for those who can't keep up. In his younger years, Bill was known for being demanding and impatient with a tendency to yell.

But those days are long gone as Bill now spends most of his time focuses on his philanthropy work and working with his wife, Melinda, to run their charitable foundation.

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In the couple's annual letter for their charitable foundation, Melinda Gates had a little fun with this. The letter was written in a Q&A format this year in which the two of them answer a bunch of the most common, and somewhat prying, questions they are always asked.

One of the questions that they answered was "What happens when the two of you disagree?"

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Melinda answered first by writing, "We never disagree. Just kidding. Bill almost never gets this question. I get it all the time."

She said there's two types of people that tend to ask her this: "journalists hinting that Bill must be the one making the decisions" and other wives who are also running foundations with their husbands.

But she did answer it seriously. The...
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