The Full Story of Bill Gates-Melinda: Romance, Divorce and Their Total Money
Windowofworld.com – Billionaire Microsoft founders, Bill Gates and his wife; Melinda, has announced that they will divorce after 27 years of marriage.
The couple announced the decision in a joint statement on Tuesday, revealing that they had been struggling to save the relationship for some time.
What They Say
“After a lot of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” said the couple.
“Over the past 27 years, we have raised three wonderful children and built a foundation working around the world to enable everyone to lead healthy and productive lives,” they continued.
“We continue to share faith in this mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in the next phase of our lives,” the couple added, as quoted by news.com.au, Tuesday (4 / 5/2021).
“We ask for space and privacy for our families as we begin to live this new life.”
How long have they been married
Bill, 65, and Melinda, 56, married on New Year’s Day 1994, in a private ceremony on Hawaii’s Lanai Island.
They have three children; Jennifer is 25 years old, Rory is 21 years old, and Phoebe is 18 years old.
In 2000, they launched the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with ambitious goals including the reduction of extreme poverty worldwide.
The pair are co-chairs and supervisors of the foundation, which has assets of more than USD50 billion (more than IDR722.1 trillion).
This past year, they have been heavily involved in the world’s response to COVID-19, pledging more than IDR 19.5 trillion to help develop and distribute vaccines.
The couple also helped found the Giving Pledge in 2010, along with investor Warren Buffet. It calls on signatories to give at least half of their net worth for philanthropic purposes.
How Did They Meet?
The couple met in 1987, when Melinda — then known as Melinda French — was an employee at Microsoft.
While Bill Gates co-founded the company in the 1970s.
In a Netflix documentary series a few years ago, Melinda Gates shared a hilarious anecdote from around the years into their relationship, when she approached Bill Gates while he was compiling a list of the “pros and cons” of marrying him.
“He has to make a decision,” said Melinda, laughing out loud.
At first, the couple revealed that their relationship was an ordinary relationship.
“He has another girlfriend, and I have Microsoft,” said Bill Gates.
“We were like, ‘Hey, we’re not really serious about each other, are we? We won’t demand each other’s time. ”
“I am new to Microsoft, there are a lot of men there, and you are still looking,” added Melinda Gates.
But after a year, to their surprise themselves, they decide that they love each other.
When they finally got married in 1994, Bill Gates was 38 years old and Melinda 29 years old.
How Much Their Net Worth?
Bill Gates’ net worth is listed by Forbes at more than Rp.1,882 trillion, making him the fourth richest person in the world after Jeff Bezos (over Rp.2,883 trillion), Bernard Arnault (over Rp.2,642 trillion), and Elon Musk (over Rp. 2 .407 trillion).
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates’ divorce comes two years after another well-known billionaire, Jeff Bezos, completed his separation from his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie Scott.
Bezos’s divorce ended in a massive settlement. Bezos gave Scott a quarter of their joint stake in Amazon, valued at more than Rp.358 trillion at the time.