Microsoft Co-founder Bill Gates, Wife Melinda Gates, Announce Divorce after 27-Year Marriage
Bill Gates, who co-founded Microsoft, and his wife Melinda, are divorcing after 27 years of marriage.
The couple, who co-chair the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a global health and development charity, announced their split on Twitter, saying they would continue to work together at the foundation.
Marriages that end after 25 to 35 years are called "gray divorces, just like the hair color," said Marilyn Chinitz, a partner at Blank Rome LLP in New York who specializes in complex marital splits.
Chinitz can't tell if the Gates' had a pre-or post-nuptial agreement. Either way, she said, they won't be suffering financially.
"Sometimes the person you once knew and loved changes," Chinitz said. "Sometimes people fall out of love and it's clear that they did. Despite their wealth, they are no different than anybody else. They looked at each other and say, 'It’s time to move on.' Money doesn’t change that."
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"Microsoft Co-founder Bill Gates, Wife Melinda Gates, Announce Divorce after 27-Year Marriage," by Mike Snider was published in USA Today on May 3, 2021.