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Bill Gates and Melinda Gates’ marriage is officially over. While the couple had announced their decision to separate quite some time back and had started the divorce proceedings the matter reached an official coda on August 2, 2021. A judge officially finalized their split on Monday, August 2, 2021, in court and now Bill and Melinda Gates are no longer husband and wife. While this news may come as a bit of a shock for many people who haven’t been following the couple’s personal life many insiders and people who are connected to the couple knew that the divorce was in the works. Bill and Melinda Gates are separating after 27 years of marriage and they are one of the most famous couples on planet Earth. Bill Gates is the more than just the legendary co-founder and owner of Microsoft, one of the biggest tech companies in the world and also among the most iconic. Melinda has been his wife and has worked with him in alleviating poverty and disease all over the world. 

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Bill Gates met Melinda in 1987 when she was an employee at Microsoft. Legend has it that he flirted with her in the office and spent time with her letting her know that he was interested in having a relationship. Bill Gates was the ultimate nerd who made it bigger than anybody else in the world and Melinda had the smartness of an educated, well-balanced, progressive, and sensible woman. There was great chemistry between the two and on January 1, 1994, Bill and Melinda got married to each other on the Hawaiian island of Lanai. Microsoft continued to grow now that Melinda was helping Gates run it and soon Bill became one of the richest men in the world. As of May 2021, Bill Gates had a net worth of $144.0 billion which makes him currently the fourth richest person in the world. While Microsoft continues to be one of the most important tech companies in the world Bill Gates and Melinda worked together to start a charitable foundation in 2000.

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This charitable foundation named Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is currently the world’s wealthiest charitable organization with an endowment of over $50.0 billion. Since its inception, Bill has stepped down from an active role in running Microsoft and has focused on running the charity. He and Melinda have given billions of dollars for projects all over the world especially in third world countries to fight diseases like AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, polio, and provides sustainable sanitation services in poor countries. While the world loved Bill Gates for all this idealism there was constant trouble in his marriage. There have been many allegations that Bill Gates pursued women in Microsoft and even outside the company even after his marriage. These allegations have come from women who have worked in both Microsoft and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2000 Gates was accused of having an intimate relationship with a female Microsoft employee which turned bitter but was settled in the end.

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Melinda must have known about this as it was common knowledge in the company that Bill Gates was pursuing women. Since Gates was in such a powerful position the matter simmered all this while but didn’t make the headlines in the media though there were always grumblings in the media. Matters came to a head when Gates started spending time with Jeffrey Epstein, a known sex offender who had faced accusations of sex trafficking of girls before meeting Gates. So Gates knew that Epstein was a sex offender and still spent time with him socially including attending a late-night gathering at Epstein’s house. So when these news reports emerged in October 2019 Melinda Gates decided to pull the plug on their marriage. She hired divorce lawyers and started proceedings against Bill which finally culminated in their legal separation on August 2, 2021. There were other issues as well mostly related to sexual harassment of women that made Melinda decide that she should leave Bill Gates after 27 years of an epic marriage.

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The couple has three children named Jennifer, Rory, and Phoebe who are all above the age of 18 years making them adults. Both Bill and Melinda will not be paying spousal support and there is speculation about how they will divide their giant wealth. On Monday Bill Gates’ net worth was around $ 152.0 billion which means that both Bill and Melinda could get $76.0 billion each as part of the divorce settlement. Bill and Melinda will continue to run their charitable foundation together for the next two years and after that, they will take a call on the future. One of the most powerful and effective marriages has come to an end now. Now the world is waiting to see what Bill and Melinda do next. In the end, the lure of extra-marital relationships brought down the curtains on yet another marriage that had so much going for it.

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