Bill Gates and wife, Melinda end marriage after 27 years
NEWSMAN – American philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft Corporation, Bill Gates has revealed that he will be ending his 27-year marriage to his wife Melinda.
According to Bill and Melinda Gates “we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple”
They first met in the 1980s when Melinda joined Bill’s Microsoft firm.
Gates who is is one of the richest people in the world, worth an estimated $124 billion according to Forbes co-founded Microsoft with a childhood friend, Paul Allen, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It went on to become the world’s largest personal computer software company.
He led the company as chairman and CEO until stepping down as CEO in January 2000, succeeded by Steve Ballmer but he remained chairman and became chief software architect.
The married Melinda French on a golf course on the Hawaiian island of Lanai on January 1, 1994. Their union produced three children: Jennifer, Rory and Phoebe which Gates acknowledged in his tweet.
The couple created the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 by combining three family foundations. The Foundation was identified by the Funds for NGOs company in 2013, as the world’s wealthiest charitable foundation, with assets reportedly valued at more than $34.6 billion.
The statement added that the Foundation which works all over the world has “enabled people to lead healthy, productive lives.”
The couple is the latest power couple to end their marriage, after Amazon founder Jeff Bezos ended his marriage to his wife MacKenzie in 2019.
However, following the news of Bill and Melinda Gates divorce, their oldest child, Jennifer Gates, reacting to the news, disclosed that the family has been going through a ‘challenging stretch of time’ ever since the couple had the idea.
The 25-year-old said it’s been painful watching her parents split.
“I am still learning how to best support my own process and emotions as well as my family members at this time and am grateful for the space to do so. I wouldn’t personally comment any further on their separation but please note your support and kind words mean the world to me,” she said.
Bill and Melinda Gates have three children together. Jennifer is the oldest, followed by Rory, 21, and 18-year-old Phoebe.