After 27 Year of Marriage Life, Bill and Melinda Gates announce divorce
Technology News: After 27 Year of Marriage Life, Bill and Melinda Gates announce divorce
Bill & Melinda Gates Divorce:
After 27 years of marriage, Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, declared their separation on Monday.
“We have made the decision to end our marriage after much consideration and work on our relationship,” the couple said in a joint statement posted on Twitter.
Bill Gates is reportedly worth upward of $130 billion and is considered to be the world’s fourth-wealthiest person. He stepped down as a board member of Microsoft, which he founded with Paul Allen in 1975, in March 2020.
“We’ve raised three beautiful children and established a foundation that works around the world to ensure that everybody can live safe, prosperous lives,” the couple continued. “We really believe in the project and will continue to work together at the base, but we don’t believe we will develop as a couple in this next stage of our lives.”
The two currentlychair the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, now the world’s largest private charitable foundation. Since its founding in 2000, Gates has donated about $35.8 billion worth of Microsoft stock to the global organization, according to Forbes. The foundation funds projects to reduce poverty and improve health in the developing world.
Bill & Melinda Gates Love Story:
Melinda joined Microsoft as a product manager in 1987, and the two sat together at a business dinner that year in New York.
They began dating, but as Bill told a Netflix documentary: “We cared a lot for each other and there were only two possibilities: either, we were going to break up or we were going to get married.”
Melinda said she found Bill – methodical it seems even in matters of the heart – writing a list on a whiteboard with the “pros and the cons of getting married”.
They got married in 1994 on the Hawaiian island of Lanai, reportedly hiring up all the local helicopters to stop unwanted guests flying over.
Bill Gates stepped down from Microsoft’s board last year to focus on his philanthropic activities.
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