4 May 2021
On Monday, Bill and Melinda Gates announced that they are divorcing. The Microsoft co-founder and his wife, who launched the world’s largest charitable foundation, said they would continue to work together at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In identical tweets, they said they had made the decision to end their marriage of 27 years. The couple were married in 1994 in Hawaii.
They met after she began working at Microsoft as a product manager in 1987. The couple's sprawling Seattle-based foundation is easily the most influential private foundation in the world, with an endowment worth nearly $50 billion. It has focused on global health and development and U.S. education issues since incorporating in 2000. The Gateses will be the second high-profile Seattle-area billionaire couple to end their marriage in recent years.
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