A timeline of Bill and Melinda Gates' relationship
May 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2019, file photo, Bill and Melinda Gates smile at each other during an interview in Kirkland, Wash. The couple announced Monday, May 3, 2021, that they are divorcing. The Microsoft co-founder and his wife, with whom he launched the world's largest charitable foundation, said they would continue to work together at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Bill and Melinda Gates announced the end of their 27-year relationship Monday, shocking the business and philanthropic worlds.
New York (CNN Business)Bill and Melinda Gates announced the end of their 27-year relationship Monday, shocking the business and philanthropic worlds.
At the time, Bill was the CEO of Microsoft and Melinda worked in product development.
"When we first met, she had other boyfriends, and I had Microsoft," Bill said in a 2019 Netflix docuseries "Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates. " Melinda echoed that sentiment in the docuseries, saying, "I was new to Microsoft.
"We knew we were changing the world," Melinda said in "Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates," recalling her experience at Microsoft.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was founded in 2000, and it is funded by the couple's personal wealth as well as several other Gates family foundations and a gift pledged by Warren Buffett.
"We listen and respect each other and then we come to a common viewpoint and that's what we take forward," Melinda said in "Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates," referring to their foundation work.
In December 2005, Time Magazine named Bill and Melinda Gates the Persons of the Year alongside U2 frontman Bono, calling them "The Good Samaritans. " In January of that year, their foundation committed $750 million to improving access to child immunizations, accelerating introduction of new vaccines and strengthening vaccine delivery systems, according to CNN.
The Gates Foundation announced it would donate $10 billion for vaccine research over the next 10 years to help research, develop and deliver vaccines — including vaccines to prevent severe diarrhea and pneumonia — to the world's poorest countries.
Bill and Melinda Gates announced their split in a simple, four sentence statement posted to social media Monday: "After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage.