The shocking news of the splitting up of one of the richest couples in the world, Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates amused everybody. The announcement of their divorce came through a tweet by Bill Gates. After the separation of Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott, another billionaire’s separation news left everybody stunned.
As we all know, Bill Gates is the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation. Melinda Gates, in the 1990s, was appointed as a former general manager at Microsoft. But, she later left Microsoft to start a family. They both met in 1987 at a business dinner in New York. Later, they married after seven years. Soon, they grew a family with three beautiful children.
About The Gates
Bill Gates has supported many startups and tech ventures and has raised billions from them. Bill’s stake in Microsoft makes up less than 20% of their assets. Apart from this Melinda is a philanthropist and she herself has established pivotal ventures to invest in issues like women empowerment. Forbes ranked her as one of the world’s most powerful women.
In 2000, the couple founded “Bill and Melinda gates foundation” which is the world’s largest private charitable foundation. As a married couple, their net worth was $145 billion but now this too has to split.
The Raised Questions
The public has an interest in their assets too, with the separation news. Now the biggest question arises where the money goes? How will they divide multiple assets? However, Bill and Melinda have assured that their foundation will not be affected by the divorce. They will continue to work together. As a couple, the Gates have been actively involved in philanthropic activity. With their history of Microsoft, they also influenced their fans and many billionaires with their spirits of philanthropy.
The Media and Statements
After 27 years of marriage, the power couple has called it quits. The media reports stated that their marriage was “irretrievably broken”. The media reports claim that they were facing difficulty in balancing work and family. Other magazines reported that they will have a separation agreement to divide their wealth. The couples had already been building their different worlds. They were closely connected. But, they had independent channels. The couple stated that they no longer can grow together but has clarified that they will continue to work together. Coming to the children, they said that the three of them are already adults and independent. Also, they urged the media to give them some privacy as they are stepping into this new life.
The Forbes billionaires list ranked Bill Gates at number 4. All the eyes are on the settlement that the couple is going to make. However, Bill left Microsoft’s board last year and Melinda already separated herself from Microsoft long ago. So at present, they do not have any stake. Hence, their separation has nothing to do with tech giant Microsoft.
Bill and Melinda were extremely prolific together. Where Bill always supported science and tech, Melinda is more involved in social philanthropy. As a unit, they supported mankind and development and now they have grown out to become individual entities.