About three months after first announcing their split, Bill and Melinda Gates are officially divorce, according to reports.
Court documents confirmed that the billionaire couple has completed the steps to a legal divorce after 27 years of marriage.
“We ask for space and privacy”
“This marriage is irretrievably broken,” the divorce filing stated. “[The parties] should be ordered to comply with the terms of the separation contract.”
Reports indicate that the settlement was reached in an amicable fashion, especially when compared to the fights associated with some other high-profile splits. Bill and Melinda Gates revealed that they plan to continue working together for the foundation that bears their name.
“We have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives,” a joint statement asserted. “We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”
With the divorce now finalized, some uncertainty remains about how the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will operate going forward.
As one of the most influential philanthropic organizations in the world, it is valued at nearly $50 billion.
“These issues exist in every single marriage”
While details of the settlement are unknown, Melinda Gates is expected to improve her net worth to the tune of billions, exiting the marriage much wealthier personally than she had been as the Microsoft founder’s wife.
As for future joint endeavors as part of the foundation, it remains to be seen whether the differences that led to their marital split will affect their philanthropic partnership.
Melinda Gates could step down from her position if the working relationship with her ex-husband does not succeed. If that happens, the news might represent the end of an era for globally significant outreach and funding.
In 2019, she referenced the unique struggles of her marriage to Bill Gates as part of a discussion of her book dealing with gender inequalities in various arenas.
“I chose to write my story so that hopefully people and women and men could relate to me and understand that, yes, these issues exist in every single marriage,” Melinda Gates said at the time.