Melinda files for divorce after 27 years
Just over a year after Bill Gates freed himself from his board role in Microsoft, he’s continuing the trend of releasing responsibilities by relinquishing his marriage. He and his wife of 27 years, Melinda, have announced on their Twitter pages that they are filing for divorce.
In a tweet posted yesterday, Bill and Melinda released the following statement, “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage.”
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 3, 2021
In the divorce documents filed by Melinda, it states that the marriage is irretrievably broken and asks the court to acknowledge the date of the separation agreement as to the end of the marital community. The request surprisingly does not include a prenuptial agreement, something commonly found among the wealthy. Instead, it references a separation agreement. She has not asked for anything outside of this agreement. No details about the separation agreement have been located at the time of this article.
Bill and Melinda have three grown children; the youngest has recently turned 18.
The Gates Foundation confirmed that Bill and Melinda would remain co-chairs and trustees in a recent statement, “They will continue to work together to shape and approve foundation strategies, advocate for the foundation’s issues, and set the organization’s overall direction.”
While many people are taking the opportunity to chime in on the Gates’ divorce, a critic of benefactor billionaires seeks to provide insight on a more extensive ramification. Anand Giridharadas, author of the book “Winners Take All,” states that, “The Gates divorce will do more than upend a family’s life. It will ramify into the worlds of business, education, public health, civil society, philanthropy, and beyond. That is because our society has made the colossal error of allowing wealth to purchase the chance to make quasi-governmental decisions as a private citizen.”
According to a family lawyer, Randy Kessler, the divorce proceedings will probably be worked out in private. Kessler, who has previously handled divorce cases of entertainers and professional athletes, said, “My guess is they’re going to work this out very privately, and that they will both be very comfortable with the way it turns out. I cannot imagine that she won’t be happy or he won’t be happy, financially.” The divorce will likely continue to be amicable, as both Bill and Melinda have made it clear where they stand.