Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates announced divorce from his wife without disclosing the division of property

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Tencent technology news on May 4, Microsoft co-founder and former CEO Bill Gates and his wife Melinda French gates tweeted on Monday that they would divorce after 27 years of marriage. The two will continue to work together on philanthropy, focusing on education, gender equality and health care.
“After a lot of thinking about our relationship, we decided to end our marriage,” Gates and Melinda Gates said in a statement Gates tweeted the statement“ Over the past 27 years, we’ve raised three extraordinary children and created a foundation that works around the world to make life healthy and productive for all. We continue to share our faith in this mission and will continue our joint efforts at the foundation, but we no longer believe that we can grow up together as a couple in the next stage of our lives. When we start a new life, we ask for space and privacy at home. ”
Gates has been Microsoft’s chief executive since 1975, when he co founded Microsoft with Paul Allen, until 2000. After that, he handed over the management of Microsoft to Steve Ballmer, and gates served as chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft. In 2008, Gates gave up his day-to-day job at Microsoft and spent more time with the bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a non-profit organization.
Last year, novel coronavirus pneumonia was rampant around the world, and Gates resigned from Microsoft’s board. He started spending more time with Melinda Gates at the foundation. They are co chairs and trustees of the foundation established in 2000.
Both gates and Melinda Gates work at Microsoft. According to Melinda Gates’ LinkedIn profile, she was the general manager of the software company, working on products such as Encarta encyclopedia. In 1987, the two met at a dinner for Microsoft employees“ It took him months to ask me out, “Melinda Gates said later. The gates married in Hawaii in 1994.
The financial details of the split are unclear. According to FactSet, gates owns 1.37% of Microsoft’s outstanding shares, with a market value of more than $26 billion. The couple, along with Warren Buffett, the stock god, created the giving pledge, which will give more than half of their wealth.
Gates wrote in a blog post in 2019 that in order to increase their commitment to charity, the couple once decided to transfer $20 billion worth of Microsoft shares to the foundation. According to a tax return, the foundation now has more than $51 billion in assets, making it one of the richest foundations in the world.
“As far as Melinda is concerned, she is a truly equal partner,” Gates said in the Netflix documentary inside Bill’s brain in 2019“ She’s like me because she’s optimistic and interested in science. She gets on better with people than I do. She knows a little less about immunology than I do
In 2015, the two began to pursue their areas of interest. Gates founded the breakthrough energy coalition. It’s a climate change mitigation initiative that includes Melinda Gates, a venture capital firm, who founded pivotal ventures, an investment for equity company.
For more than a decade, Mr. and Mrs. gates have published letters every year about the work of their foundation. In their latest report, released in January, they reflected on the impact of the pandemic, in addition to supporting vaccine development“ For us, these days have become blurry, with video conferencing, disturbing news alerts and microwave food, “they wrote.
According to Forbes, Gates is currently the world’s fourth richest person, after Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Louis Vuitton’s Bernard Arnault and Tesla’s Elon Musk. Before the gates, Bezos and his ex-wife McKinsey announced their divorce two years ago. Gates and Bezos are the richest people in the world. Amazon and Microsoft compete in the cloud computing business. Amazon said earlier this year that Bezos would step down as chief executive and Andy Jassy, cloud director, would take over.
The following is the full text of the bill and his wife’s divorce statement:
After a lot of thinking about our relationship, we decided to end our marriage. Over the past 27 years, we’ve raised three extraordinary children and created a foundation that works around the world to make life healthy and productive for all. We continue to share our faith in this mission and will continue our joint efforts at the foundation, but we no longer believe that we can grow up together as a couple in the next stage of our lives. When we start a new life, we ask for family space and privacy( Compiled by Tencent technology / Wuji)