Bill Gates and Melinda Gates announced that they would end their marriage after 27 years together, explaining in a joint statement that “they no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of their lives.”
Bill Gates is best known as the founder of Microsoft, who used his fortune to lead the company, working with Melinda Gates to form the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000. The Gates Foundation has since become one of – if not the largest charitable foundations in the world, with a donation of almost $ 50 billion.
Bill had previously retired from Microsoft as CEO (in 2000), staff member (in 2008) and board member of the company to focus better on philanthropy. Melinda previously worked as a product marketing manager at Microsoft and led a number of software launches before leaving in 1
It is unclear what impact the Gates split will have on the Gates Foundation. According to the statement, Gates still shares faith in the Gates Foundation’s mission and “will continue our work together at the foundation,” although they split. While Bill and Melinda – along with fellow multimillionaire Warren Buffett – serve as trustees of the Gates Foundation, the foundation is run by CEO Mark Susman.