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Bill and Melinda Gates to part ways, will continue to work together for their foundation

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Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have decided to part ways and have filed for a divorce.

One of the world’s richest couples, Bill and Melinda Gates are known for their philanthropy and have spent billions of dollars on charitable work across the globe through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The fourth-richest man in the world, Bill Gates has a net worth of $130.5 billion and is surpassed only by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Bernard Arnault and family, and Tesla founder Elon Musk.

Statement by Bill and Melinda Gates

In a statement on Twitter, the couple announced that although they are ending their marriage, they would continue their joint work on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which funds programs in global health, gender equality, education and other causes.

The statement reads, “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.”

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“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,” the statement added.

The couple met at Microsoft

Melinda met Bill Gates at Microsoft in 1987 and the couple got married in 1994. Bill stepped down as the company’s CEO in 2008 to devote more time to philanthropy and eventually, he left the board too while retaining the titles of founder and technology advisor.

The couple’s foundation has spent over $54 billion in grants in the past two decades, mostly on healthcare and agricultural research. In 2020, the foundation pledged $250 million to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The foundation is known for its developmental works in poor and low-income countries.

 

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