They had been married for 27 years. It’s the end for Bill and Melinda Gates. “After careful consideration and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” they said in a joint statement, posted separately on their respective Twitter account on Monday (May 3rd). “Over the past 27 years, we have raised three amazing children and created a business that operates around the world and enables people to live fulfilling and productive lives,” wrote Jennifer Katharine’s parents, Rory John and Phoebe Adele. .
From their union was also born the Bill-and-Melinda-Gates Foundation which fights against poverty and disease around the world. And they assure it, their divorce will in no way affect their activities within this foundation: “We continue to share these values and we will continue to work together within the foundation”.
– Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 3, 2021
Named Personality of the Year in 2005 by Time magazine, Melinda French Gates, 56, is considered one of the most influential women in the world. Originally from Texas, she had met Bill Gates at Microsoft where she had joined as a marketing manager in 1987. She had left the company in 1996, two years after her marriage to Bill Gates. The 65-year-old is considered one of the richest men in the world behind Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk.
Even with all the will in the world, the couple had to face the facts, it was no longer working between them. “We no longer believe we are able to evolve together as a couple in the next stages of our lives”, they continue in their press release before adding: “We ask for the respect of our private lives for our family while we are navigating this new life “.