Bill and Melinda Gates To Divorce After 27 Years Together [Pictures]

Here is a look at the philanthropic couple’s life in pictures

After serving as an inspiration for almost three decades together, Bill and Melinda Gates are calling it quits. The power couple announced that they are ending their 27-year marriage because they ‘no longer believe we can grow as a couple in the next phase of our lives‘.

In an Instagram post, Melinda Gates announced that while they will no longer be married both Bill and Melinda will continue working for their foundation.

“We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation,” she said


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Melinda asked people to respect the family’s privacy to process this change.

“We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”

When Bill & Melinda donated a $100M cheque to the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health in 1998.
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The couple first met in the 1980s when Melinda joined Bill’s Microsoft firm. They have three children together, two daughters and a son.

The couple and their three kids Jennifer, Phoebe, and Rory.
Image Source: Jennifer Gates Instagram

Bill Gates is the fourth wealthiest person in the world, according to Forbes, and is worth $124 billion. It is unclear how much of the couple’s assets will go to Melinda following the divorce.

Melinda accompanied her husband when Bill appeared in an antitrust case against Microsoft in 2002.
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The co-founder of Microsoft made his fortune developing software for the personal computer. He stepped down from his day-to-day role running the tech company in 2008, and focused on his non-profit, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with his wife Melinda.

Bill and Melinda partaking in a discussion about expected breakthroughs in the next 15 years in health, education, farming, and banking, in Brussels in 2015.
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Rather than donating to causes they care about they took on a more proactive role with their foundation. Their non-profit agency was established to fight poverty, disease, and inequity around the world.

The couple met with then-UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations in 2015.
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The couple has been lauded and awarded for their philanthropic efforts over the years.

Bill Gates presented honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London, in 2015.
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Then-US President Barack Obama awarded the Bill & Melinda with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. Image Source: BBC
Bill & Melinda awarded the Légion d’Honneur – France’s highest honor – by then French President François Hollande in 2017.
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Written by Ummara Sheraz

Entertainment & culture writer at ProPakistani/Lens. Occasionally dabbles in other news.

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