Bill Gates And Melinda Gates Announce Separation After 27 Years Of Marriage
Bill Gates And Melinda Gates have announced their separation after 27 years of marriage via a tweet today. The couple filed for divorce in King County on Monday (May 3). A copy of their divorce petition was posted by TMZ. It revealed that the couple has a separation agreement that does not elaborate on the terms of the divorce. The document calls their marriage “irretrievably broken.”
Bill Gates, the 65-year-old co-founder of Microsoft Corp., tweeted a statement, saying, “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage. 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.”
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates co-run the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has already given away more than $50 billion to charities. A spokesperson for the organization revealed that the duo will remain co-chairs and trustees of the foundation even after the divorce.
“No changes to their roles or the organization are planned. They will continue to work together to shape and approve foundation strategies, advocate for the foundation’s issues, and set the organization’s overall direction,” read the statement issued by the spokesperson.
The Gates separation is the second biggest divorce that people have witnessed in recent years. In 2019, Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott had also filed for a divorce. That divorce made MacKenzie one of the world’s richest people after the couple’s stake in Amazon.com Inc. were split.
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates met in New York in the 1980s. The couple’s humanitarianism has always been deeply rooted in their relationship and marriage. “We fell in love with everything we saw but it’s really not at all trite to say that we really fell in love with the people,” Melinda said at a Salesforce event in 2016. “It just started us on this series of questions of sort of saying to ourselves, ‘What is going on here?'”