Bill Gates and Melinda Gates go their separate ways
Bill and Melinda Gates
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Bill Gates, co-founder and former CEO of Microsoft, said in a tweet Monday that he and his wife, Melinda Gates, would separate after 27 years.
Financial details are not yet clear. Bill Gates owns 1.37% of Microsoft’s outstanding shares, which are worth more than $ 26 billion, according to FactSet. The couple were the creators, along with Warren Buffett, of the Make a donation, which involves giving up more than half of their wealth.
Last year Bill Gates resigned from Microsoft’s board of directors as the coronavirus has become a force around the world. He began to devote more time to the nonprofit Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation alongside Melinda Gates. Both are co-chairs and trustees of the foundation, which was launched in 2000.
Bill and Melinda Gates met at Microsoft. She had been a marketing manager at the software company. The two were married in Hawaii in 1994 after Bill Gates had weighed the pros and cons on a blackboard.
The announcement comes two years after Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, said that he and his wife, MacKenzie, were divorce. Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos are among the richest people in the world, and Amazon and Microsoft compete in the cloud computing industry.
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