Tuesday, 04 May 2021 10:37

Melinda and Bill Gates announce they are splitting up

Melinda and Bill Gates announce they are splitting up Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have announced they are splitting up after 27 years of marriage.

The pair married in 1994 after dating for seven years. Melinda was a program manager at Microsoft at the time. On 28 October, Bill will be 66, while Melinda will be 57 in August this year.

The break-up comes at a time when Bill is under fire for blocking the opening up of patents connected to COVID-19 vaccines so that developing countries can manufacture the vaccines cheaply.

The couple have been running a foundation for many years and putting money into ventures like vaccination campaigns. They are involved in the COVID-19 campaign in a big way.

In a statement issued in both their names, which Bill posted on Twitter, they said that after much thought and work on the relationship, the couple had decided to end the marriage.

"Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives," the statement said.

"We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together as a couple in the next phase of our lives."

With Bill having a fortune of about US$127 billion (A$163.8 billion), the divorce settlement is set to be only a little smaller than the one between Jeff Bezos and Mackenzie Bezos some two years ago.

The Gates have three children: Jennifer, 25, Rory, 21, and Phoebe, 18.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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