Philanthropist and entrepreneur Bill Gates has announced that he and his 27-year-old wife, Melinda, are about to get divorced. The fourth richest person in the world posted a joint statement from the couple on its Twitter account yesterday, according to an NPR report.
Bill Gates is said to be worth more than $ 130 billion, having made a fortune with Microsoft Corporation, which he co-founded with Paul Allen in 1975. He resigned as a board member early last year. The Gates say they will continue to work together as presidents of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which they founded in 2000. According to the NPR report, the foundation is now the largest private charitable foundation in the world. It provides funding for projects focused on poverty reduction and health improvement in developing countries. Bill Gates is known to have donated over $ 35 billion in Microsoft stock to the foundation.
The Covid-19 pandemic brought Bill Gates to light when the organization announced its intention to spend $ 300 million to fight the virus, including funding the development of medical care and a vaccine. His high-profile involvement sparked a number of conspiracy theories among social media skeptics, each more isolated than the other. He was accused of leading the New World Order, a cabal of global elites. Others argue that he intends to make vaccination against Covid-19 mandatory, because he has successfully incorporated 5G chips into each dose.
In 2019, his wife Melinda, the former CEO of Microsoft, published a book in which he talked about the challenge of being the mother and wife of one of the world’s richest men. In The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Change the World, she also talks about the problem of women’s inequality inside and outside marriage in the United States. She is the founder of Pivotal Ventures, which created to promote social progress and advance equality of opportunity for all in the United States. The organization is a separate entity from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.