The world's most admired, wealthiest and famous couples ever, Bill Gates and Melinda Gates are parting ways after 27 years of Marriage. The couple have announced to split saying "we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple" anymore.
Melinda and Bill Gates announced on Monday in statement that they are ending their marriage after 27 years. In a statement on Twitter, the couple said they will continue their work at their foundation, "but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives."
Bill Gates is the fourth richest person on the planet with a net worth of $130.5 billion. Melinda Gates was No. 5 on Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful women in 2020.
In the Past Melinda Gates said in an interview that, "Their marriage has been "incredibly hard", because Bill regularly works 16-hour days and can find it hard to make time for the family.
The Microsoft co-founder began dating Melinda French after she started at Microsoft in 1987. The two married on Jan. 1, 1994, raised three children together and grew into one of the world’s richest and most influential pairings.
After leaving day-to-day duties at Microsoft, the couple’s focus turned to philanthropy, global health and education with the start of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000. Headquartered in Seattle and co-chaired by the couple, the foundation has grown to become the world’s largest charitable foundation, with 1,600 employees and $54.8 billion issued in total grant payments since inception.
According to sources, Bill Gates owns 1.37% of Microsoft’s outstanding shares, which are worth more than $26 billion. He stepped off the Microsoft board in March 2020, but remains as a technology adviser to CEO Satya Nadella, and also makes investments through his Gates Ventures private office.
Moreover, The divorce is the second high-profile split among Seattle’s rich and powerful tech leaders in recent years. Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos announced in January 2019 that they were splitting after 25 years of marriage.