Bill and Melinda Gates announced their separation after 27 years of marriage via social media handles. The couple founded their philanthropic organisation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, together in 2000. Since then, the foundation has spent $53.8 billion on a wide range of initiatives related to global health. Here are 10 things to know about the couple’s divorce announcement.
- Bill And Melinda Gates End 27-Year Marriage “After Great Deal Of Thought”
“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,” the statement says. “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.”
- The foundation has spent $53.8 billion since 2000 as per their official website.
- Bill and Melinda began dating in 1987 after meeting at a New York trade show, and she’d go on to work in marketing for Microsoft and be appointed as General Manager of Information Products in the early ’90s.
Bill and Melinda Divorce: While the separation stands to shake up the rankings of the world’s wealthiest people, the pair stressed it will have little impact on their philanthropic behemoth.