- October 27, 2021
Bill Gates & Melinda Gates took to the internet on 3rd May 2021 to officially announce their divorce. The couple has had been together for twenty-seven years. Amidst the wedding bubbles of their daughter Jennifer Katherine Gates, the news has shaken the internet.
Bill Gates & Melinda Gates’ marriage of almost three-decade has come to an end. The couple has three grown-up children together, Jennifer, Rory, and Phoebe. Jennifer, 25, Bill & Melinda’s firstborn has been recently married. The couple released official statements addressing a break in their marriage on 3rd May 2021. It joint statement stated:
"After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage. 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, 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 this next phase of our lives. We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life."
Melinda was of age twenty-four when she first met Bill. She worked at Microsoft as the marketing manager, and Bill was the CEO. They eventually fell in love and got married in 1994. A year after their marriage Bill was announced the richest man in the world. They hold a philanthropic organization Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, together, the organization works to elevate poverty.
Billa Gates & Melinda Gates with their family
The divorce, however, will not affect the working of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation has stated has assured that they will be working as individuals through a statement that stated:
"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"
The world remains curious about the division of the properties of the world's richest person post the divorce, especially with Bill Gates who willingly passed the ownership of his fortunes from his kids; "It was amazing we had this fortune, it was gigantic. We didn't think it would be great to give lots of it to our children".