The Microsoft co-founder and his wife, who launched the world’s largest charitable foundation, said they might still work together at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.In identical tweets, they said that they had made the choice to finish their marriage of 27 years.
“We have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works everywhere the planet to enable all people to steer healthy, productive lives,” they said during a statement. “We invite space and privacy for our family as we start to navigate this new life.”
In her 2019 memoir, “The Moment of Lift,” Melinda Gates wrote about her childhood, life and personal struggles because the wife of a public icon and stay-at-home mom with three kids. She won Gates’ heart after meeting at a piece dinner, sharing a mutual love of puzzles and beating him at a math game.
The couple's sprawling Seattle-based foundation is definitely the foremost influential charity within the world, with an endowment worth nearly $50 billion. it's focused on global health and development and US education issues since incorporating in 2000.
The couple were married in 1994 in Hawaii. They met after she began performing at Microsoft as a product manager in 1987.Last year, Gates , formerly the world's richest person, said he was stepping down from Microsoft's board to specialise in philanthropy.
Gates was Microsoft’s CEO until 2000 and since then has gradually scaled back his involvement within the company he started with Paul Allen in 1975. He transitioned out of a day-to-day role in Microsoft in 2008 and served as chairman of the board until 2014.The Gateses are going to be the second high-profile Seattle-area billionaire couple to finish their marriage in recent years.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos finalized their divorce in 2019. MacKenzie Scott has since remarried and now focuses on her own philanthropy. She received a forty five stake in Amazon, worth quite $36 billion.