Bill and Melinda Gates announced on Monday that they have decided to end their marriage because “they can no longer flourish as a couple.” The announcement was made on Twitter by one of the world’s wealthiest families, with a combined net worth of approximately $130 billion.
The couple said in a joint statement announcing the end of their marriage, “After much deliberation and work on our relationship, we have decided to end our marriage.”
We have raised three extraordinary children and established a foundation that works to empower all people to live safe and prosperous lives, they said. “While we remain committed to that mission and will continue to work together at the foundation, we no longer feel we will develop as a couple in this next step of our lives,” the couple explained.
Bill and Melinda pleaded with everyone in the declaration to offer their family space and privacy as they experience “this new life.” Meanwhile, CNBC reports that financial details are still unknown.
” Bill Gates owns 1.37 percent of Microsoft’s outstanding stock, which is worth more than $26 billion, according to FactSet. Together with Warren Buffett, they co-founded the Giving Pledge, which allows them to donate at least half of their money. “. According to the publication, Bill Gates resigned from Microsoft’s board of directors after the coronavirus began wreaking havoc on the planet and began concentrating his efforts on the charity Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which he co-founded with Melinda Gates. They co-chair and serve as trustees of the foundation, which was established in 2000.
” At one point, Bill Gates wrote in a 2019 blog post, the couple transferred $20 billion in Microsoft stock to the foundation in order to increase their philanthropic contributions,” the publication said. The two met when Melinda was working at Microsoft as a marketing manager. Bill Gates and Melinda Gates married in 1994 in Hawaii after debating the pros and cons on a blackboard.
According to Forbes, Bill Gates is the fourth wealthiest individual on the planet, worth $124 billion. The Gates Foundation has invested billions in battling infectious diseases and promoting childhood vaccines. The foundation has been collaborating with the Pakistani government on the polio eradication program for many years — and has invested millions of dollars in it.
“The programmes addressed a variety of common development goals, including polio eradication, financial inclusion, compulsory immunisation, and maternal, neo-natal, and child welfare. Throughout that time span, polio – a disease on the verge of eradication on a global scale – has remained the top priority “The organisation made a statement about its work in Pakistan.