Bill Gates was so serious about marriage that he once listed the pros and cons of a whiteboard.
Billionaire co-founder Microsoft and Melinda Gates – who announced their divorce on Monday after 27 years – discussed the incident in the 2019 Netflix series “Inside Bill’s Brain”.
Melinda, 56, laughed when she remembered entering Bill, who had made the list, noting “He had to decide” whether to tie the knot.
“I took the idea of marriage very seriously,” Bill explained in the documentary.
The two met in 1987 for dinner in New York, shortly after Melinda joined Microsoft as a product manager, according to CNBC.
After about a year of dating, the two were at a crossroads.
“You know, we took great care of each other, and there were only two options: either we broke up or we got married,”
He “wanted to get married, but he didn’t know if he could actually commit to it.” [run] Microsoft, ”added Melinda.
The couple eventually married in Hawaii in 1994. Two years later, Melinda left the technology company to focus on starting a family. She and Bill now have three children: Jennifer at 25, Rory at 21 and Phoebe at 19.
The couple started the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 and incorporated it into the largest and most influential private philanthropic organization in the world.
On the Netflix show, Bill said he and Melinda were “truly equal partners.”
“She is very similar to me because she is optimistic and interested in science. “She’s better with people than I am,” he said.
The two will remain in their roles as co-chairs and trustees of the foundation, which says “no change in their roles or organization is planned.”
Gateses, long recognized for their deep pockets, charity and promises to give 95 percent of their fortune, are known for their work on social justice and humanitarian issues and have never been the ones to lead a publicly extravagant lifestyle.
A divorce declaration received from TMZ shows that Melinda has filed for divorce, citing that the marriage has been “irrevocably broken”.