Bill Gates & Wife Melinda Divorcing After 27 Years Together: We ‘No longer Believe’ We Should Be A Couple

Bill Gates & Wife Melinda Divorcing After 27 Years Together: We ‘No longer Believe’ We Should Be A Couple

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Samantha Wilson
Political News Editor

Bill and Melinda Gates announced in a statement that they are ending their marriage after 27 years together, declaring they ‘don’t believe’ they should be a couple.

After nearly three decades of marriage, Bill Gates and wife Melinda Gates are calling it quits. The couple and business dynamites, who have three children together, announced their surprising split in a joint statement posted to Twitter on May 3. Bill and Melinda came to the conclusion that they should divorce “after a great deal of thought,” according to their statement.

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— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 3, 2021

“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our 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 to lead healthy, productive lives,” the statement, posted to the Microsoft founder’s Twitter reads. “We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the [Gates] foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in the next phase of our lives.

Bill, 65, and Melinda, 56, ended the message by asking for privacy “as we begin to navigate this new life.” The billionaire philanthropists met at Microsoft, the company Bill co-founded, where Melinda worked as a marketing manager in 1987. They married on the Hawaiian island of Lanai in September 1994, after weighing the pros and cons of marriage on a whiteboard.

“You know, we cared a lot for each other and there were only two possibilities: either, we were going to break up or we were going to get married,” Bill said in the 2019 Netflix docuseries Inside Bill’s Brain. “I took the idea of marriage very seriously.” He gushed over Melinda in the series, calling her “a truly equal partner.”

Bill and Melinda Gates married in 1994. (Shutterstock)

They head the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, launched in 2000, which focuses on enhancing healthcare, reducing extreme poverty, and expanding access to education and technology throughout the United States.  As of 2018, Bill and Melinda had donated $36 billion of their own money to the foundation.

The financial details of their split are not clear. Bill, the co-founder and former CEO of Microsoft owns about 1% of the company’s shares. Together, Bill and Melinda are worth about $26 million, according to CNBC. They are part of the Giving Pledge, a movement of wealthy philanthropists who vow to give away half of their money. MacKenzie Scott joined after her pricey divorce from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.

Elon Musk Trolls Jeff Bezos & Says He ‘Can’t Get It Up’ Amid Battle Over Space Contract

Elon Musk Trolls Jeff Bezos & Says He ‘Can’t Get It Up’ Amid Battle Over Space Contract

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Jade Boren
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Jeff Bezos is not happy that Elon Musk’s rival space company won a $2.9 billion contract to build a moon lander for NASA. Elon couldn’t resist dissing his competitor.

The multi-billionaires are fighting! Elon Musk couldn’t resist poking fun at Jeff Bezos, after Elon’s SpaceX company won out over Jeff’s Blue Origin company in a bidding war over a $2.9 billion contract from NASA to build a moon lander for the Artemis moon program, which will allow 18 astronauts to make missions to the moon. Jeff’s Blue Origin company is now trying to appeal Elon’s victory with a 50-page protest that it filed with the federal Government Accountability Office on April 26, according to The New York Times.

Can’t get it up (to orbit) lol

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 26, 2021

After news of the protest broke on Monday, Elon put on his trolling hat at the expense of Jeff’s loss. “Can’t get it up (to orbit) lol,” the Tesla founder tweeted. Yes, the third richest person in the world used an innuendo to mock the No. 1 richest person in the world.

However, Elon’s diss was not just trying to be raunchy — it was also a jab at the fact that the rockets from Jeff’s Blue Origin company have yet to reach orbit, since Jeff founded the company in 2000. Meanwhile, SpaceX launched four astronauts for NASA on its Crew Dragon capsule on April 23, and the crew docked with the International Space Station on April 24. SpaceX launched its first astronauts into orbit in May of 2020.

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— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 27, 2021

Elon appeared to further mock Jeff by tweeting a screenshot of an old article from 2019. It highlighted the time the Amazon founder hosted an event to unveil Blue Origin’s moon lander and laid out his vision for “a trillion people in space, living not on moons or planets, but bucolic space colonies,” a civilization that Jeff hoped to set the foundations for with his space company, according to the NYT article.

Elon Musk founded SpaceX (short for Space Exploration Technologies) in 2002. [Shutterstock]Blue Origin isn’t the only company protesting the fact that SpaceX will be manufacturing the lunar lander for future astronauts. Dynetics — a defense contractor based in Alabama that was also  — also filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office on April 26, per NYT. However, “NASA cannot provide further comment due to pending litigation,” a spokesperson from the space agency wrote in a statement to the newspaper.

Goyal: ‘Amazon investing to cover losses, … ‘

Commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday played down the $1 billion investment promised by Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, saying the money was meant to cover the losses that the e-commerce player had notched up in the country and it was not “doing a favour”. He added that e-commerce companies needed to adhere to the rules “in letter and spirit”.