Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates have announced that they were getting divorced after 27 years of marriage, though in a joint statement they said that they will continue to work together at their foundation. The couple met in the late 1980s when Melinda joined Microsoft. They dated for a few years before marrying in January 1994 in Hawaii.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) was founded by Bill Gates and his (now ex) wife Melinda Gates in the year 2000. It world’s largest private charity foundation. “We share two values that are a big part of why we started our foundation. Both of us were taught to give back and to be optimistic about the future,” reads the foundation’s message by Bill & Melinda. BMGF was founded with the primary goals to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty across the globe.
As of December 2020, the Foundation Committed $1.75 Billion to COVID-19 Pandemic Response. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the foundation committed a total of $1.75 billion to accelerate the development and equitable distribution of COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines. 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 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.”
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 and will continue our work together at the foundation, but 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 for giving the family some space and privacy as they tend to navigate to this new life.