In surprising progress, billionaire couple Bill and Melinda Gates on Monday (May 3) declared that they have chosen to divorce each other after 27 years of marriage, stating “we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple”.
The duo issued an official announcement on Twitter validating the same and 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 intention behind their divorce after 27 years continues a mystery, but Melinda has earlier suggested that Bill Gates was facing difficulty in balancing business and family.
The divorce decision left everyone shocked as it comes less than two weeks after Bill and Melinda Gates made their last public presentation, virtually, at a COVID event.
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It is to be recorded that Bill was now a billionaire when he tied the knot with Melinda in the initial 1990s. Bill Gates established Microsoft and Paul Allen in 1975 and grew to be the world’s youngest billionaire in 1987 when he was merely 31. In 1987, Bill Gates met Melinda when she was hired at the company where he worked as CEO. Bill and Melinda chose to marry in 1993. In 1994 in Hawaii, the billionaire couple tied the knot on New Year’s Day. They have three kids.
The couple together runs the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which strives to serve all people lead healthy, productive lives. The organisation has contributed a considerable amount of money to undertake infectious diseases and promoting vaccinations in children.
The Gates – accompanying investor Warren Buffett – follow the Giving Pledge, which invites billionaires to pledge to give away the majority of their wealth to good causes. The organisation has contributed billions fighting causes such as infectious diseases and promoting vaccinations in children.
According to Forbes, Bill Gates, 65, is the fourth wealthiest person globally and is meriting $124bn (£89bn). He earned his money through the firm he co-founded in the 1970s, Microsoft, the world’s largest software company.
What is the Gates Foundation?
The duo founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 in Seattle.
- The foundation concentrates fundamentally on public health, education and climate variation
- Its grants added some $1.75bn to vaccine initiatives and research throughout the Covid-19 pandemic
- In 2019, the foundation had net assets of higher than $43bn
- Bill and Melinda Gates pumped more than $36bn into the foundation between 1994 and 2018.
While the couple may branch off into separate charity drives, interpreters say the product of the Gates Foundation is likely to stay.