Culture

Bill and Melinda Gates Are Divorcing, but Will Remain United on Charity Work

The couple announced their split after 27 years of marriage.

By
306 Hypes

Bill and Melinda Gates Are Divorcing, but Will Remain United on Charity Work

The couple announced their split after 27 years of marriage.

After 27 years of marriage, Bill and Melinda Gates are divorcing. The couple, who rank as two of the richest people in the world, made the announcement via Bill Gates’ official Twitter on Monday afternoon.

“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the duo wrote, going on to acknowledge their “three incredible children” and charity work under the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “We no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives,” the announcement concludes.

The news raises questions about the future of the Gates fortune, as well the fate of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the largest philanthropic forces in the world. The couple stated that they will continue their work together on the foundation, though it’s unclear how exactly that will play out. The charity provided a statement to The New York Times specifying that “no changes” are expected. Still, the divorce announcement could have repercussions for the foundation and its outsize influence.

According the Times, the Gates are believed to have a pre-nup. Thanks to his status as a Microsoft co-founder, Bill is worth an estimated $130 billion USD. It’s currently unclear if Melinda will receive a portion of her ex-husband’s Microsoft holdings. The situation has prompted comparisons to Jeff Bezos’ divorce from MacKenzie Scott, who ultimately received Amazon shares worth $36 billion USD.

Read Full Article
Share this article

What to Read Next

Here's Where To Buy Kim Jones' Converse Classic Chuck 70 Collaboration
Footwear

Here's Where To Buy Kim Jones' Converse Classic Chuck 70 Collaboration

Available in two colorways.
1,256 Hypes

Photographer Kristin Bedford Captures LA's Vibrant Latinx Lowrider Culture
Art

Photographer Kristin Bedford Captures LA's Vibrant Latinx Lowrider Culture

‘Cruise Night’ spotlights women lowriders and the rich history of car customization.
784 Hypes

Supreme Taps Artist and Activist Jamie Reid for Spring 2021 Apparel
Fashion

Supreme Taps Artist and Activist Jamie Reid for Spring 2021 Apparel

Vivid colors and striking messages splashed onto varsity jackets, hoodies and more.
488 Hypes


Refresh Your Lingerie Drawer With MARY YOUNG's Bridal Collection
Fashion

Refresh Your Lingerie Drawer With MARY YOUNG's Bridal Collection

Barely-there intimates designed to make you look and feel confident.
6,262 Hypes

Aries x Lee Jeans Take Inspiration From Western Films for New Collaboration
Fashion

Aries x Lee Jeans Take Inspiration From Western Films for New Collaboration

Jackets, trousers, co-branded tees and more.
324 Hypes

More ▾