The marriage between bill and Melinda Gates had lasted for twenty-seven years before their decision to put an end to it. They made their divorce public via their Twitter accounts, saying that they had worked hard for their relationship, and after thorough thinking, they both came to a unanimous decision to end it.
Bill and Melinda Gates are the co-founders of their charitable organization, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They founded the organization in 2000 and have spent $53.8 billion on a variety of philanthropic initiatives such as poverty alleviation and global health.
In their Twitter statements, they added that they had been able to raise their children and founded an organization that had enhanced many people’s lives in the world. They promised to continue with their philanthropic initiative together, though not a couple.
The coupled had filed their divorce petition on Monday in Washington. The petition was based on their separation contract, though financial details were not included in the documents that were made public.
Bill Gates is considered one of the richest in the world, with a net worth of $137 billion according to the Bloomberg ranking made in February.
Currently, Bill and Melinda Gates are sixty-five and fifty-six years, respectively. They met at Microsoft when Bill was the CEO and Melinda was the product manager of the company. At the time, Melinda was the only woman with a degree in MBA in the first batch of graduates employed at Microsoft. Melinda rose through the ranks to become information products, general manager. Their first meeting was at a New York business dinner in 1987. In the book, Melinda wrote,” The Moment of Lift”, she describes the encounter as fortunate for when she arrived at the dinner, all sites were occupied except two, she took one, and Bill later came and took the other. The couple was then married in 1994 in Hawaii.
The couple was actively involved in the fight against COVID-19 through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They helped in the creation and equitable distribution of the vaccine worldwide. By December the previous year, the foundation had donated a lump sum of $1.7 billion. Bill Gates resigned from Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway boards as of March 2020 in order to prioritize his foundation.
In a statement made by the couple, they asked for privacy as they searched for stability in their new environment.