Bill Gates and Melinda gates to end marriage after 27 years
Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, and his wife Melinda have announced they are ending their marriage after 27 years, pushing into doubt a partnership that has rebranded modern philanthropy and supported Covid-19 pandemic strongly.
The couple revealed the decision in a note on their social media accounts on Monday, they said the fate and breakdown of their marriage would not affect the work of their foundation, the world’s largest private charitable organisation.
The pair have ploughed so much of their estimated $124bn fortune into the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which seeks to enhance healthcare and eradicate poverty around the world. While working alongside Warren Buffett, they promoted the Giving Pledge as a way in which wealthy business personnels to donate more of their wealth during their lifetimes.
“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the couple said in a statement on Monday. The pair said “we will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this phase of our lives”.
In a separate statement, the foundation said the couple would “remain close trustees” and "that there would be no changes to their roles or the organisation”.
Forbes puts the couple’s wealth at $124bn and lists Bill Gates as the world’s fourth-richest person.
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