Bill and Melinda Gates no longer believe that they can grow together as a couple therefore they are divorcing. Having been married since 1994, the couple has decided to divorce after 27 years of marriage.
How did people know Bill and Melinda Gates are getting divorced?
The pair posted the following on Twitter, “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have decided to end our marriage.” This announcement comes in less than two weeks when the pair made their last public appearance virtually at a COVID-19 event for Healthcare workers.
“Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives,” it read.
“We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in the next phase of our lives.”
“We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”
How did Bill and Melinda Gates meet, their marriage and their family?
Bill and Melinda met in the late 1980s when Melinda became a part of Bill’s Microsoft firm. They met in New York in 1987 when Bill had acquired his first billion dollars and they deliberated whether or not they should get married.
Melinda told The Sunday Times that Bill struggled with balancing work with the family in a rare interview in 2019 on their 25th wedding anniversary. The following were some of the things she said:
‘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?’” she said.
She said he was even hesitant to get married in the first place.
When he was having trouble deciding 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?”‘ she said.
She also has told how he once listed the pros and cons of marriage on a whiteboard.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other Businesses
They both run the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has spent billions fighting causes such infectious diseases as well as encouraging vaccinations in children. The both of them together with investor Warren Buffet are behind the Giving Pledge, which commands billionaires to commit to giving away the majority of their wealth for good causes.
Despite the end of their marriage, Gates said they would continue to collaborate on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. However, it is not certain if the pair had a prenuptial agreement when they got married.
The pair have also invested vast sums of money in the search for a coronavirus vaccine and have donated to COVID-19 treatment research. Nevertheless, the divorce will still raise new concerns about the fate of the Gates fortune since much of its fortune has not yet been donated to the Gates Foundation.
Who is Bill Gates?
Bill Gates is the co-founder of Microsoft with a current net worth of 130 billion. According to Forbes, he is the fourth richest person in the world. Even though he is a business magnate, he is also a software developer, investor, author, and philanthropist. Some of the books he wrote include:
- How to avoid a climate disaster
- The road ahead
- Business @ the speed of thought
- Unleashing the power of creativity: A “This I Believe Essay
Microsoft has been his main source of income where the majority of his wealth was acquired, as it is the world’s biggest software company. It was founded in the 1970s and he made his first billion at the age of 31 years I 1987. Some of Bill Gates popular quotes include:
Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.Bill Gates
Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.Bill Gates
Life is not fair; get used to it.Bill Gates
Who is Melinda Gates?
Melinda Gates is an American philanthropist and a former general manager at Microsoft. In 2000, she and her former husband Bill Gates founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which is one of the largest charitable organizations in the world.
She is also a writer like Bill Gates and she wrote a book called The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World.
Their separation follows the divorce of Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder, and his longtime wife, MacKenzie Scott. Jeff Bezos had to split his 150 billion fortune with his wife MacKenzie Scott after his affair with Lauren Sanchez was revealed. However, unlike Jeff Bezos, Bill and Melinda are both part of the Giving Pledge with Warren Buffet and over the year their foundation – the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – has focused and assisted on the development and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines all around the world.
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