Melinda Gates On Divorce: Melinda French Gates and Bill Gates announced their divorce in May 2021 after almost 30 years of marriage. It was finalized in August 2021, but the couple announced that they would continue to run their foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation together. Now in an interview with Fortune magazine, Melinda opened up about her “incredibly painful” divorce with ex-husband Bill.
“I had some reason why I couldn’t be in that marriage anymore,” she said. Melinda French Gates said that the strange thing about COVID is that it gave me the privacy to do what I needed to do. He continued, “It’s incredibly painful, but I had the privacy to go through it.”
Melinda made a big disclosure
Bill’s ex-wife revealed, “I kept working with the guy I was moving away from and I needed to show up and be my best every single day.” Not only this, Melinda told that even after the divorce, we continued to work with each other. During this, even if I was crying at 9 in the morning and then I had to have a video conference with that person at 10 in the morning. He said that as a leader, I have learned that I have to do my best for this foundation.
‘I will not choose to marry either side’
Significantly, in an earlier interview with the Sunday Times, Bill Gates described the last two years as “very dramatic”. However, he also said that with the COVID-19 pandemic and their divorce the “strange part” for him has been leaving his children. Talking about his ex-wife, the Microsoft founder said, “I won’t change that. You know, I wouldn’t choose to marry someone else.”
got married in 1994
Let us tell you that Bill Gates and Melinda met for the first time in the year 1987 and both got married in 1994. They have three children – Jennifer, Rory and Phoebe. Bill Gates joined the list of billionaires in 1986, before his marriage. In 1995, he became the richest person in the world. His net worth is $130.5 billion. However, in February 2014, he stepped down as Microsoft chairman.