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.

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  • Always crazy when couples their age separate.
  • Not really. Age doesn't prevent people from growing apart, nor should it be the reason to stay together, if one or both are not happy. At least they have the resources to separate and comfortable.
  • Growing apart doesn't cause divorce. Growing into and in your face does
  • Melinda probably got an M1 Mac 😁.
  • Ehh, it happens. One of them isn't right I'm not sure which one though.
  • If you want to go with that, look at Bill.
    He's always had a touch of savant syndrome and had to ask her multiple times to marry him because she was wary.
  • My whole world is crumbling down
  • Well, congrats to them on having a long and successful marriage and having the self awareness to do what's best for themselves.
  • She may have dumped him after discovering his ties to Jeffery Epstein
  • @KingBomp Found the QAnon follower.
  • He wants to save the world, but cannot save his marriage.
  • And so what? One has nothing to do with the other
  • I wish both of them well.
  • Better than staying married and miserable.
  • Well I could care less because as far as I'm concerned all rich people are bad . So there both terrible people.
  • That's an odd way of looking at things... Having money doesnt inharently make you worse than anyone else. Just like having no money doesn't make you better than anyone else.
  • I couldn't care less, but that's just me.
  • Is this a joke? How do you define "rich people"?
  • She'll get half his fortune..
  • Maybe.
    Maybe not.
    There is such a thing as prenuptials.
    Plus they *both* poured the bulk their money into the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It may not be subject to partition. When folks talk of Gates being (occasionally) the world's richest they are only talking about nominal riches. Unless they (can?) dissolve the foundation there might not be ridiculous amounts of money to divide. Just a "few billion". :D
  • Update: no prenup.
    Also, what was submitted was described as a separation *agreement*. No spousal support requested by Mrs. Gates.
    So it looks to be a done deal.
  • As to the newsworthiness of the report: the Gates and their foundation are the single biggest stockholder in one of the biggest companies in the world. Who owns stock in the company and how they might vote it is relevant. Uncomfortable it might be but it bears tracking, especially as MS is currently firing on all cylinders.
    The Gates may not be operationally involved but he/they are still a part of the "machine" he created. The choice of mr Nadella had his input, at a minimum. The choice might have been different with different owners.
  • Correction: Gates has been divesting MS stock pretty aggresively in the last 5 years.
    He is down to less than 2%.
    Still substantial but outranked by several institutional investors.
    So the impact on MS doesn't look to be significant.
  • This doesn't surprise me a bit. If they paid more attention to each other and their relationship instead of getting in the middle of ours, they probably wouldn't be divorcing.
  • Same can be said for many couples. Too bad their marriage ended up as a statistic
  • How are they in the middle of your relationship?
  • I'd also like to know the answer to this question.
  • Me three :p
  • Hey Melinda, how you doin? lol
  • In America marriage seems like a phase rather than a true commitment; in the country I was raised in, people work through their good times and the bad, we don't just give up and look for something better when the going gets tough. Marriage takes compromise and effort because there is no such thing as a perfect relationship without disagreements, but when you have more money than some countries you can probably get anything you want - maybe that kind of life view bleeds into some peoples relationships.
  • I think this is very true. It appears to me these days that the fundamental idea or concept of marriage is gradually changing. It seems to me to be more of a partnership (that can be dissolved depending on prevailing circumstances), than any true lifelong bond and commitment. Maybe I'm just old school.