Bill Gates and Melinda Gates are splitting up after 27 years.
In a word, Bill Gates, co-founder and former CEO of Microsoft, and his wife, Melinda French Gates, said on Twitter that they would split up after 27 years. The two will keep working together on philanthropic efforts, which have addressed education, gender equality, and health care.
“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship. We have decided to end our marriage,” Bill and Melinda Gates wrote in a statement that Bill Gates tweeted out.
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates ending their journey.
Bill Gates, wife Melinda Gates divorce; Microsoft co-founder has always been in the headlines for some reason or the other – from his tech innovations, giving up a leadership role in his own company, philanthropy to initiatives, and more.
However, this time, the billionaire is all over the news for something totally different. Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates have decided to end their 27 years of married life and get a divorce.
Announcing their divorce, the billionaire couple issued an official statement on Twitter. Where the duo said, “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship. We have decided 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.”
The billionaire couple Bill and Melinda Gates together run the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation aims at helping towards leading a healthy and productive life. It must also be noted that the organization has spent millions on widespread social causes like vaccinations for children and fighting infectious diseases.
The couple has clarified that though they are parting ways in personal lives. They will continue to work together at the foundation as they share the same belief in that mission. The official statement reads, “We continue to share a belief in that mission. We will continue our work together at the foundation. However, we no longer believe that we can grow together as a couple in the next phase of our lives.”
The couple has also asked for co-operation to give the family some space and privacy as they navigate this new life.
The Bottom Line
As the public face of the foundation’s Covid-19 grants and advocacy work. Bill Gates has come under fire for being a staunch supporter of intellectual property rights for vaccine makers. While the tech icon says protecting the shots’ recipes will ensure incentives for research and development, critics claim that mentality hampers supply in favor of drug company profits.
Last year, Bill Gates said he was stepping down from Microsoft’s board to focus on philanthropy.
Above all, he was Microsoft’s CEO until 2000 and since then has gradually scaled back his involvement in the company. He started with Paul Allen in 1975. He transitioned out of a day-to-day role in Microsoft in 2008 and served as chairman of the board until 2014.