But while it may seem the couple had an idyllic home life, Bill struggled with the demands of work and juggling that with his family.
In 2019, Melind told The Sunday Times: “We’ve just gotten to a point in life where Bill and I can both laugh about more things.
“And, believe me, I can remember some days that were so incredibly hard in our marriage where you thought, ‘Can I do this?’”
The Microsoft founder became the world’s youngest billionaire aged just 31 in 1987 – the same year he met Melinda.
They married six years later – but the entrepreneur had to convince himself he was doing the right thing, according to Melinda.
She said: “When he was having trouble making the decision about getting married, he was incredibly clear that it was not about me, it was about “Can I get the balance right between work and family life?”‘