With the world focusing on the U.S. elections, the debate about what makes a suitable leader has never been fiercer, but the co-chair of the world's largest private charitable foundation hopes that one day there'll be a woman in the White House.
"I think having an important role model is important for all boys and girls whether that's a man or a woman," Melinda Gates, co-chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, told CNBC's Tania Bryer.
"To me it needs to be — you need to have a man in that (presidential) position, and you eventually need to have a woman, whether it's in my lifetime that would be fantastic. I certainly want it to be in my daughter's lifetime, absolutely."
When asked whether she'd like to see Hillary Clinton become the U.S.' first female president, Gates said she always keeps her vote private.
"Bill (Gates) and I always keep private who we are voting for in elections, so I'll wait to see what the outcome is and cheer on the other end."