Bill and Melinda Gates announce they are ending their marriage

Ruben Hill
May 4, 2021

He's shifted much of his stake into the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation over the years and his exact stake hasn't been disclosed since he left Microsoft's board last year.

Bill and Melinda Gates pose in front of the Elysee Palace before receiving the award of Commander of the Legion of Honor on April 21, 2017.

The Gateses will be the second high-profile Seattle-area billionaire couple to end their marriage in recent years.

The couple, who posted the news on their personal Twitter handles on Monday, said the decision was reached after due consideration. They said in the statement that they'll continue to work together at the massive philanthropic foundation they built to improve global health, combat climate change and bolster US education.

"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", the pair added.

Bill and Melinda, in the statement, urged everyone to give them space and privacy for their family as they begin to navigate "this new life".

The couple have three children; Jennifer, 25, Rory, 21, and Phoebe, 18.

The two were co-chairs and trustees of their nonprofit Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which launched in 2000 and is the world's largest charitable foundation.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019, the Gates have been involved in efforts aimed at fighting the virus, as well as developing and distributing vaccines around the world. She worked as a product manager as part of the first class of MBA graduates to join the company and eventually rose through the ranks to become general manager of information products.

"He had to make a decision", she said, bursting into laughter.

"She had other boyfriends, and I had Microsoft", said Bill.

Melinda Gates, 56, married her husband in 1994 when she was working at the tech firm.

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