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(CHK) Although separated, the two will continue to work together at their platforms.
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates announced that they would end their marriage after 27 years together, explaining in a joint statement that they “no longer believe that we can grow together as a married couple in next stage of life ”.
Bill Gates is best known as the founder of Microsoft, who capitalized on his fortune when he led that company with Melinda Gates to found the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000. The Gates Foundation has since then. became one of the largest charities in the world, with nearly 50 billion dollars in funding.
Bill Gates previously left his positions at Microsoft as CEO (in 2000), full-time employee (in 2008) and as a board member of the company to concentrate well. more on philanthropy. Melinda Gates previously served as product marketing manager at Microsoft and oversaw several software releases before leaving in 1996.
It is not clear what the Gates split will have any impact on the Gates Foundation. According to Bill Gates’ statement, both husband and wife still share their belief in the Gates Foundation’s mission and “will continue our work together at the foundation” even though they broke up. While both Bill and Melinda – along with billionaire Warren Buffett – are trustees for the Gates Foundation, the foundation is led by CEO Mark Suzman.
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