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Bill And Melinda Gates To Get Divorce: Timeline Of Their Decades Old Relationship

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Bill Gates And Melinda Gates Getting Divorced: The couple has announced on their Twitter accounts that they will be ending their marriage after 27 years of marriage on May 4.

Being the world’s richest and most successful people, the announcement of Bill Gates and Melinda Gates getting divorced has taken the internet by storm. According to the released statement, they will continue to work together for their foundation but will separate as they “no longer believe they can grow together as a couple.”

Here’s a timeline of Bill Gates and Melinda Gates’ relationship

  • Bill and Melinda French Gates met in 1987 when Melinda started working at Microsoft, the company Bill founded. They met for the first time while attending a PC trade show in New York City.
  • Although marriage was not their initial plan, their romance started getting serious after a while. In the Netflix mini-series Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates released in 2019, Bill Gates revealed that his main focus was Microsoft at the time and was not looking for a wife.
  • Eventually, after their romance got serious, Bill started to make a list of whether he should propose to Melinda for a serious relationship and eventual marriage. The two then decided to embark on a life together.
  • Bill Gates and Melinda Gates got married in 1994 in Hawaii. They got married on New Year’s Day.
  • The couple welcomed their first child, Jennifer Gates in 1996. They had their son, Rory Gates in 1999 and their youngest daughter Phoebe Gates in 2002. Read more about their children here.
  • Melina Gates decided to step down from her job at Microsoft to focus on raising their daughter after Jennifer was born. But even though she stepped back from her job at Microsoft, she continued to work with her husband.
  • Bill and Melinda launched the first version of the philanthropic organisation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 1994. Their organization focuses on global health, education, access to digital information, and support for at-risk families.
  • The couple started to work together and raise their family together. Melinda would often praise Bill for sharing the workload of the household with her while working. “We’re very lucky because we mostly see things the same way,” said Bill Gates in a 2019 Facebook Live.
  • In 2005, Bill and Melinda were named Time’s Persons Of The Year due to their charitable efforts and initiatives from their organization.
  • In 2019, Melinda released a book, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World. The author and Bill also did several interviews in which they talked about their marriage. “I think sometimes our disagreements sharpen the questions that we ask each other,” said Melinda.
  • In 2021, the couple announced that they will no longer be growing together as a couple but will continue to work together for the foundation.

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