Bill and Melinda Gates reveal they wash dishes together every night

Bill and Melinda Gates reveal they wash dishes together every night

- The power couple have been married for 25 years and are blessed with three children - Jennifer, Phoebe and Rory Gates

- Despite their busy work schedules with Bill always on the move, they still make time to do the dishes and other household chores as a family

- Cleaning the dishes at night before bed has become a tradition at the Gates', and this was after Melinda and Bill agreed to balance out the household chores

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Melinda argued that if women can lower their weekly household work from seven to five hours, then their workforce productivity would be boosted by about 20%.

Most household chores are generally presumed to be the work of women, especially in Africa where men are often ridiculed for helping their spouses with something as small as doing the dishes.

Perhaps these macho-men can learn a few things from billionaire Bill Gates, the American business magnate best recognised as the founder of Microsoft Corporation, who has been married to his lovely wife, Melinda, for 25 years.

In a recent media interview, Melinda - who co-founded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's largest private charitable organisation with her husband in 2000 - revealed the secret to their long-lasting and happy marriage.

Billionaire couple Bill and Melinda Gates do the dishes together every night before going to bed

Bill met Melinda in 1987 when she joined Microsoft as product manager. He was smitten, and soon started pursuing the woman who would later become her wife. That was 25 years ago. Photo: Getty Images.

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She told Business Insider that despite their busy work schedules, with her billionaire husband almost always on the move, they still make time to do the dishes and other household chores as a family every night before everyone goes to bed.

According to Melinda, women spend seven more years doing unpaid household chores compared to men in their lifetimes on overage.

Melinda maintains that doing the chores with one's spouse can also make relationships stronger.

So at what point did she convince busy Bill to start doing the dishes with her?

Melinda said she and Bill had a series of conversations as a couple and in the process, learnt how to become more balanced in their married life.

Among the things Melinda really wanted to be balanced out was of course the household chores, including washing the dishes.

"One night I realised I was still in the kitchen a good 10, 15 minutes after everybody else doing the last-minute things. Sometimes in the moment, my frustration just comes out. So one night we stood up after dinner and people in the family started to melt away, like, off they go upstairs. So hand on my hips, I am, like, 'Nobody leaves the kitchen until I leave the kitchen!' " she said.

Since that night, the Gates family, including Bill, do the dishes together every night before going to bed and no one needs a reminder.

The wealthy couple met in 1987 when she joined the Microsoft company as a product manager.

He was smitten by her and without wasting time, hit it off with request for a date, which she initially turned down.

After he insisted on taking her out, the pair started dating and eventually exchanged vows as husband and wife in a private ceremony held in Lanai, Hawaii. That was in 1994.

The power couple is blessed with three children: daughters Jennifer Katharine Gates (born 1996) and Phoebe Adele Gates (born 2002), and son Rory John Gates (born 1999).

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Meanwhile, while it is believed that most women have a thing for tall guys, it appears this is not the case as confirmed by Afeez Agoro Oladimeji. Unofficially regarded as the tallest man in Nigeria, the man who stands at a towering 7ft.4 inches, is indeed a sight to behold.

However, while living under the spotlight may have brought good things into his life, it appears finding true love is not one of them. In a recent interview with The Nation, he revealed that it has been difficult finding a woman to spend his life with.

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