Bill Gates and Melinda Gates are getting divorced

Bill And Melinda Gates
Bill And Melinda Gates (Image credit: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

What you need to know

  • Bill Gates and Melinda Gates married in 1994.
  • Today, they announced they're getting a divorce.
  • They'll both remain a part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

It looks like Bill and Melinda Gates have decided that 27 years of marriage is enough for them because, as of today, they've announced they're getting a divorce. The official statement resides on Twitter, where all major statements are made in 2021:

Far be it from Windows Central to get involved in relationship news, but Bill Gates is a special exception. For those not in the know, he's kind of a big deal because he helped co-found Microsoft. He had a turn at all the major roles, including CEO, president, and chairman. Even when he left Microsoft's board in 2020, his footprint on the company remained.

That is the line of logic leading us to cover the news of the divorce. The Gates make a request at the end of their Twitter statement, which reads, "We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life." To spread awareness of the privacy request, we've made this public post, further boosting the news about the divorce and the noise surrounding it. It is a regrettable contradiction.

Though both Gates will remain a part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, it remains to be seen what the two will do in their future solo ventures. If nothing else, this is a good time to recognize their contributions to the world and to thank them for everything they've done both solo and together.

Robert Carnevale

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to