Are Melinda and Bill Gates Getting Divorced For A Familiar Reason?

Though the couple will continue to work on the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, they believe that they cannot grow as a couple any longer.

May 08, 2021 10:09 IST
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Melinda-Bill Gates divorce: The American Business Magnate Bill Gates and his wife Melinda, an American Philanthropist announced on May 4 that they were getting divorced.

They said that after a lot of thought and work on their relationship, they have decided to end their marriage. The couple said that they have raised three incredible children over the last 27 years and built a foundation that works all over the world to help people lead healthy and productive life.

Though they will continue to work on the foundation, they believe that they cannot grow as a couple any longer. They concluded the note by saying that they ask for space and privacy for their family as they begin to navigate this new life.

Melinda-Bill Gates divorce reason


After the Gates made the announcement of their separation, Ann Winblad started making it to the headlines. A software entrepreneur and venture capitalist is also Bill Gates' ex-girlfriend. Winblad took annual vacations with him even after his marriage with Melinda, according to reports. Whether or not she is the reason behind their separation, we do not know. On the other hand, a source told People that a "combo of things" led to the divorce.

Reportedly, the couple continued their marriage thinking about their children. But now that their youngest daughter, Phoebe is about to graduate and is headed off to Stanford University, there's very little reason left for the couple to carry forward their relationship. The insider added that they limped through until their kids were out of school. Thus, the rumour has it that the couple had been planning the separation for quite a long time.

"We are told that there is already a separation agreement. And that's typical for celebrity high net worth divorces of this calibre," Leslie Barbara, Chair of the Divorce and Family Law Group Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP told SheKnows. She also said that they negotiated terms first and then they announced. Barbara confirmed that it was brewing for a while before the public was let in on it.


Jennifer Gates on Melinda-Bill Gates divorce

Speaking about her parents' divorce, Jennifer Gates wrote on her Instagram story the previous week, "It's been a challenging stretch of time for our whole family". She added that she was still learning how to best support her own process and emotions as well as family members at this time. Finally, she said that she was grateful for the space to do so. All the Gates family is asking for right now is space as they are working through the changing dynamics of their family.

Though the couple is parting ways as partners, they have reportedly left no stone unturned to be successful parents to their children, Jennifer, Rory and Phoebe. They are making all efforts to keep any sort of speculations out of the headlines, not only for their family but also for the work they have been doing for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They do not want to invite more scrutiny as to why their marriage broke down, reportedly according to the insider sources.

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