Bill Gates And Melinda Gates Divorced After 27 Years
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There have been great reactions on social media after the American business magnate, software developer, investor, author, and philanthropist, and also the co-founder of Microsoft William Henry Gates also known as Bill Gates announced his separation from his wife Melinda Gates.
Bill Gates took to his social media handle to announce that he and his wife, Melinda Gates who have spent the last twenty-seven years together as husband and wife are getting a divorce.
According to him, the decision of going on separate ways have been discussed and thought over before the decision to separate came up as the last resort. He also disclosed that although he will be separated from his wife, they will still be working at the foundation together.
He wrote on Twitter, “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage. 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.”
“We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue to work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives. We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”
The decision reflects a personal change at the top of American business.
Bill Gates led Microsoft as CEO from its founding with Paul Allen in 1975 until 2000, leaving Steve Ballmer to run the company, while Bill Gates became chairman and chief software architect. In 2008 Gates gave up his day-to-day role at the company to spend more time on the nonprofit Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Last year Bill Gates stepped down from Microsoft’s board as the coronavirus became a force around the world. He began spending more time on the foundation alongside Melinda Gates. The two are co-chairs and trustees of the foundation, which launched in 2000.