Melinda and Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, decides to split and break their 27 years of marriage. The couple has been an inspiration to several people across the globe. They have not only improved the world with their contribution to technology, but they have extensively supported philanthropic projects. Their separation came as a shock to many people who look up to them.
Melinda and Bill Gates decide to separate
On Monday, the pair said in a statement that after a lot of hard work and a great deal of thought, they took a firm decision to end their bond of marriage. But the couple indeed stated they would be obliged if they were given the privacy and space required to go about their new journeys.
Melinda and Bill Gates have managed to run the Gates Foundation hand-in-hand together beyond 20 years. Also, the Gates Foundation is touted as the largest private foundation in the world.
Apart from sharing and bringing forth a renowned foundation, the couple brought three children into the world.
The pair strongly emphasized that they intend not to let their 27 years of broken marriage affect their work. And they jointly believe in helping and serving people worldwide. Gates Foundation emphasizes eradicating poverty and improving health facilities with their utmost zeal.
The couple has shown their philanthropic nature by donating 10 billion dollars for charity. But when it came to their 27-year-long relationship, the Gates couple decided to take different paths.
The Bezos couple had another high-profile divorce
Bill Gates counts among the wealthiest people in the world. According to Forbes, Gates has a net worth of approximately $130.5 billion.
Another high-profile split before Gates’s divorce announcement was of Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO, and his wife MacKenzie Bezos in July 2019.
Due to the divorce, Jeff Bezos’s wife, MacKenzie, got around 4% of Amazon’s stake. MacKenzie got 35 billion dollars, which made her one of the wealthiest women in the world. However, she plans to give away the maximum amount of that money into charity through the Giving Pledge. She is still the third richest woman in the world, which will likely rank down after the donation.