The couple who jointly run the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest private philanthropic foundation, Bill and Melinda have ended their 27 years of marriage.
Bill, the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation and Melinda in separate tweets announced the split on Monday, stating that the decision was because they “no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.”
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 3, 2021
“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 our 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.” – Melinda Gates and Bill Gates
Reports also say that the divorce is due to an irreconcilable disagreement over the most efficient way to prevent poor countries from receiving COVID-19 vaccines.