A scorching potato: Jeff Bezos and his former spouse MacKenzie Scott aren’t the one high-powered tech couple searching for a divorce within the Covid-19 period. After 27 years of marriage, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his spouse Melinda Gates have additionally introduced their intention to half methods; at the very least, romantically talking.
The joint announcement was posted to each Bill and Melinda’s Twitter pages concurrently, that includes the identical, temporary explanatory message. The Gates say they reached this choice after a “great deal of thought” (which fits with out saying) and “a lot of work” on their relationship. Whether that references counseling or just a collection of non-public talks between the 2, we can’t say.
In both case, it feels like Bill and Melinda will not be parting on unhealthy phrases. The couple’s charitable group, aptly referred to as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has been one in all their major skilled focuses over the previous twenty years (it opened its doorways in 2000), and they’ll proceed to work collectively on it and different philanthropic tasks sooner or later.
That’s excellent news for most people: the Foundation has helped numerous folks throughout the globe, due to its important investments within the fields of healthcare and diet.
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 3, 2021
Bill and Melinda’s relationship reportedly began in 1987 at a New York commerce present, however they exchanged their marriage vows on a Hawaiian golf course years later, in 1994.
The couple labored collectively at Microsoft for a lot of the 90s, however Melinda left in 1996 to work on their household. Gates adopted go well with a bit of over a decade later in 2008, when he transitioned away from dealing with day-to-day operations at Microsoft to focus extra on the Foundation.
It stays to be seen what the long run will maintain for Melinda and Bill, however we want all of them the most effective. Notably, the couple — or soon-to-be-former couple — is asking for “space and privacy” for his or her household throughout this transitionary interval of their lives.