“We no longer believe we can grow together as a couple” is what the couple had to say as their 27-year-old marriage draws its curtains. The pair tweeted that they had a great deal of thought and finally came to a decision to end their marriage.
Bill Gates is currently ranked as the 4th richest man in the world with a net worth of US$124Bn which he mostly made through his brain child the Microsoft Corporation which is currently the biggest software company in the world. The couple jointly run the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through which they had spent billions fighting causes such as infectious diseases and encouraging vaccinations in children.
How did they meet?
Bill met Melinda for the first time when she joined Microsoft in 1987 as a product manager and sat next to him at a business dinner in New York City.
They dated for over an year they had to make a decision whether to get married or to break up. Bill being the methodical person he is made a list of pros and cons of getting married on a white board before he made the move. Smart guy!
They got married in 1994 on the Hawaiian Island of Lanai. Rumor has it that they hired all the available local helicopters to stop unwanted guests flying over.
What will happen to the foundation?
The foundation was established in the year 2000 in Seattle and the couple had pumped over US$ 34Bn between the years of 1994 to 2018. In 2019 the foundation had net assets worth more than US$ 43Bn.
This is too big of a price to drop off due to a divorce.
“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,” it read.
“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 the next phase of our lives.