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Mon May 3, 2021, 05:48 PM

Bill and Melinda Gates announce divorce after 27 years

Source: The Guardian

Pair said in statement posted on Twitter ‘we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple’

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Bill and Melinda Gates are getting divorced because they “no longer believe we can grow together as a couple”, the pair said in a statement.

The tech entrepreneur and his wife, who have been married 27 years, are among the richest people on the planet and also a huge driving force in the world of global philanthropy.

In a statement posted on Twitter, the couple said they would continue to work together at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which they run together and is the main arm for their operations around the world, especially in the cause of fighting diseases.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/may/03/bill-gates-divorce-melinda-gates-billionaire-couple

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Reply Bill and Melinda Gates announce divorce after 27 years (Original post)
turbinetree May 3 OP
Ocelot II May 3 #1
guillaumeb May 3 #4
LisaL May 3 #8
Ocelot II May 3 #9
LisaL May 3 #31
Polybius May 3 #52
Rorey May 3 #11
TexasBushwhacker May 3 #34
cilla4progress May 3 #2
NurseJackie May 3 #3
lucca18 May 3 #20
pnwmom May 3 #24
TexasBushwhacker May 3 #35
NH Ethylene May 3 #43
SunSeeker May 4 #57
Demnation May 3 #5
NullTuples May 3 #6
SunSeeker May 4 #58
GETPLANING May 3 #7
JI7 May 3 #10
Rorey May 3 #12
Skittles May 3 #42
aggiesal May 3 #13
tinrobot May 3 #17
kimbutgar May 3 #14
LisaL May 3 #16
DENVERPOPS May 3 #25
Karadeniz May 3 #26
dhol82 May 3 #28
Sgent May 4 #56
AllaN01Bear May 3 #15
dhol82 May 3 #29
LisaL May 3 #33
Deminpenn May 3 #46
Chakaconcarne May 3 #18
Heartstrings May 3 #19
pnwmom May 3 #32
Miguelito Loveless May 3 #21
NH Ethylene May 3 #45
Grey5 May 3 #22
ZonkerHarris May 3 #23
IA8IT May 3 #27
Marcuse May 3 #30
FailureToCommunicate May 3 #36
quakerboy May 3 #41
Kablooie May 3 #37
Devil Child May 3 #38
Dukkha May 3 #39
hydrolastic May 3 #50
babydollhead May 3 #40
SunSeeker May 4 #61
bedazzled May 4 #63
janterry May 4 #62
tclambert May 3 #44
hamsterjill May 3 #49
NH Ethylene May 3 #47
SunSeeker May 4 #59
TomSlick May 3 #48
SunSeeker May 4 #60
JohnnyRingo May 3 #51
LudwigPastorius May 3 #53
orleans May 4 #54
fierywoman May 4 #55
Devil Child May 4 #64
betsuni May 4 #65

Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon May 3, 2021, 05:52 PM

1. He's not much to look at, but neither am I.

I'll take him, though.

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #1)

Mon May 3, 2021, 06:00 PM

4. Nice!! eom

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #1)

Mon May 3, 2021, 06:20 PM

8. But there is a lot to look at in his bank account.

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Response to LisaL (Reply #8)

Mon May 3, 2021, 06:21 PM

9. Exactly. I could ogle that all day.

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #9)

Mon May 3, 2021, 08:18 PM

31. I think a lot of people right now are dreaming about being

Mrs. Gates version 2.0.

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Response to LisaL (Reply #31)

Mon May 3, 2021, 11:45 PM

52. Hell, I'll marry his ex-wife

Talk about a nice settlement lol.

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #1)

Mon May 3, 2021, 06:29 PM

11. Sorry, you're too late

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #1)

Mon May 3, 2021, 08:38 PM

34. He's not bad looking for 65

It looks like he takes pretty good care of himself.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon May 3, 2021, 05:56 PM

2. Hmmmmm....

one wonders what this means?

Anyway...none of my biz, I guess!

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon May 3, 2021, 05:58 PM

3. After 27 years, how much more "growing" did they expect to do?

My husband and I aren't "growing" (except around the waist) but at some point you just have to accept that the "novelty" of being married wears-off and you settle down into a comfortable routine... just relax and enjoy what time remains.

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #3)

Mon May 3, 2021, 06:48 PM

20. So true!

We have been married 35 years, and I feel the same way.

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #3)

Mon May 3, 2021, 07:26 PM

24. Well, you grow through every personal and family challenge.

Most of us have them, even if we've been married that long.

And the Covid year was quite a challenge for many couples.

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #3)

Mon May 3, 2021, 08:40 PM

35. Well, we don't know how long they've been unhappy

My parents were unhappily married for 35 years. Finally my mother said ENOUGH!

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #3)

Mon May 3, 2021, 09:55 PM

43. A lot of divorces take place just when the kids are ready to be on their own.

I suspect many couples stay together until that point, for the kids.

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Response to NH Ethylene (Reply #43)

Tue May 4, 2021, 03:37 AM

57. Yup. Their youngest child is now 18. I'm guessing that was what they were waiting for. nt

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon May 3, 2021, 06:03 PM

5. Well, BFD.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon May 3, 2021, 06:15 PM

6. I wonder if this has anything to do with his stance on vaccines

His public stance on philanthropy has shifted in the last year(s), he now proclaims as a self-appointed oracle of truth that wealthy nations should not have to support poor nations in the fight against COVID. As a specific example, he feels that despite receiving massive amounts of public funding for the development of the vaccines, patents should not be suspended for poor countries because Intellectual Property must be respected. It's like he's 21 years old again and just sent out his infamous Open Letter to Hobbyists regarding the sharing of software code.

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Response to NullTuples (Reply #6)

Tue May 4, 2021, 03:43 AM

58. Exactly what I was thinking. Melinda must have been very unhappy about that.

Last edited Tue May 4, 2021, 04:17 AM - Edit history (1)

And I'm guessing she was also very unhappy about reports Bill Gates spent several evenings at Jeffery Epstein's house in New York:


The billionaire is also dogged by a relationship he started with the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in 2011 after Epstein had served jail time for soliciting prostitution from a minor and was forced to register as a sex offender. The New York Times reported on the details of Gates and Epstein’s relationship in 2019 after Epstein took his own life in prison. Several people familiar with their relationship said Gates went to Epstein’s New York home at least three times and stayed late into the night on at least one occasion. 
https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_60905eeee4b0ccb91c3509ae

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon May 3, 2021, 06:17 PM

7. People give up too easily.

After 35 years of being married to a woman who would be a challenge for anyone, I can say that if you want it to work, you can make it work.

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Response to GETPLANING (Reply #7)

Mon May 3, 2021, 06:27 PM

10. Usually in these cases they had already been emotionally apart

for years. I think it's better to move on and enjoy life with others.

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Response to GETPLANING (Reply #7)

Mon May 3, 2021, 06:31 PM

12. If BOTH parties want it to work, that's possible

I'm sure that's what you meant.

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Response to GETPLANING (Reply #7)

Mon May 3, 2021, 09:54 PM

42. or maybe people just know they can do better

ya know?

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon May 3, 2021, 06:32 PM

13. How many people in this DU forum believe that 1 or both cheated on the other? ...

I know the feeling.
32 years with spouse, 27 married before she felt that the neighbor was a better fit!

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Response to aggiesal (Reply #13)

Mon May 3, 2021, 06:40 PM

17. Sometimes the marriage is over long before the cheating begins.

After 27 years of raising kids, starting a foundation, and having such a high-profile lifestyle, I imagine breaking up is more complicated than staying together.

If one or the other cheated, it was probably a long time coming.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon May 3, 2021, 06:39 PM

14. I wonder if a third party is involved in this marriage ending

One doesn’t just end a marriage and walk away unless they have someone to walk away with.

But this will taking a big chunk out of his money in the divorce settlement.

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #14)

Mon May 3, 2021, 06:40 PM

16. It wouldn't surprise me if that is the deal.

NT

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #14)

Mon May 3, 2021, 07:33 PM

25. Who is the other wife of an uber rich guy

who divorced, took half the incredible amount of money and started giving it out to worthwhile charities continuously....?

Spielberg????? I can't remember anything these days.....

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Response to DENVERPOPS (Reply #25)

Mon May 3, 2021, 07:36 PM

26. I think that was Bezos' wife, wasn't it?

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Response to Karadeniz (Reply #26)

Mon May 3, 2021, 07:39 PM

28. Bingo!

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #14)

Tue May 4, 2021, 01:50 AM

56. Gates

was already one of the richest men in the world when they got married -- and she was a multimillionaire in her own right (since most early Microsoft employees were paid in stock options). I imagine she will be taken care of, but it probably won't be the asset division like Amazon's Bezos.

In addition, Gates plans on leaving all his money to charity except 10 million per kid.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon May 3, 2021, 06:39 PM

15. not suprised at all. it was at his wifes instance that he do the the money donations .

he grumbled about it.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Reply #15)

Mon May 3, 2021, 07:39 PM

29. That's interesting. Did not know that.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Reply #15)

Mon May 3, 2021, 08:30 PM

33. Are you confusing him with somebody else?

NT

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Reply #15)

Mon May 3, 2021, 10:04 PM

46. Sure that wasn't Gates' dad who was the driver behind

the philantrophy? I seem to recall that.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon May 3, 2021, 06:43 PM

18. That sucks...

Wish them both well.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon May 3, 2021, 06:47 PM

19. Hopefully they will be able to move on to the next stage of their lives as friends

and settle their own affairs with the grace and compassion they have tried to foster with their charitable giving.

Divorce is sometimes the bravest thing a person can choose, especially after a long marriage. It’s rarely an easy decision, yet it honors the other person by recognizing that what worked before isn’t working now. I hope their next chapter includes healing and friendship with and for each other.

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Response to Heartstrings (Reply #19)

Mon May 3, 2021, 08:20 PM

32. They must think they can since they will both continue at the Foundation. n/t

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon May 3, 2021, 06:53 PM

21. Why do these people think

we care about their personal drama?

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Response to Miguelito Loveless (Reply #21)

Mon May 3, 2021, 09:58 PM

45. Probably because we click into threads like this and comment. n/t

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon May 3, 2021, 07:04 PM

22. I only wish the both all the very best. nt

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon May 3, 2021, 07:15 PM

23. The vaccine's nanobots didn't work on Melinda.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon May 3, 2021, 07:38 PM

27. Wat to go John Oliver you home wrecker!!



Skip to 9:40

John Oliver dissing Melinda Gates nano bot vaccine BS rumor

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon May 3, 2021, 08:08 PM

30. When the world is not enough.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon May 3, 2021, 08:57 PM

36. Wait, so money DOESN'T buy happiness?

I guess I've been misinformed.

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #36)

Mon May 3, 2021, 09:32 PM

41. Sometimes finding a new path in personal relationships is happiness

And the money buys them both the ability to leave a relationship and yet still be financially secure. Divorce financially wrecks a lot of folks. So this could be exactly money buying them happiness.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon May 3, 2021, 09:04 PM

37. They should give it a little more time. They really need to get to know each other first.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon May 3, 2021, 09:05 PM

38. Take him to the cleaners Melinda!

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon May 3, 2021, 09:12 PM

39. The marriage is now a blue screen of death

ctrl-alt-delete

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Response to Dukkha (Reply #39)

Mon May 3, 2021, 11:26 PM

50. I see what you did

It made me chuckle.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon May 3, 2021, 09:18 PM

40. I can not judge the person I raised children with as a human, nor they, me.

having kids and raising them is something that I did every day and every night. Every breath in and out was about us growing up as a family. I built my life around my whole family. Last kid finally moved out in early Fall, last year. I thought it was time for my husband and I to have our time. In March he side blinded me by telling me he was done, that he was in love with an old girlfriend, and he was moving. He quit his job and the marriage the same day (after 30 years of both) he packed a back pack, left his house key, said"well I have everything I care about in this bag" and high tailed it out of this life. 3 grown kids, 25, 28, and 29, are so sad and mad at him. I had a very bad landslide of grief and fear. what I will do? who am I? Now they are all gone and I am in this house, and there is nothing I can do about this but survive, heal, and thrive again. It was very abrupt from my perspective, and mean. He didn't take one picture of the kids with him. It is still so new. He asked me why I couldn't be happy for him like we were for each kid as they grew up and went on with their life. He keeps emailing me to say how happy he is. He was surprised that I was not happy with his news of leaving.

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Response to babydollhead (Reply #40)

Tue May 4, 2021, 04:02 AM

61. Wow, he is so self-centered he won't even acknowledge how badly he hurt you.

He fucking took the best years of your life, then leaves you and wants you to be happy for him? Why, so he doesn't feel guilty about what he did to you? Fuck that.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #61)

Tue May 4, 2021, 12:52 PM

63. He doesn't have the best years!

She can go on and make them herself! Starting now!

He can regret his stupidity at his leisure

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Response to babydollhead (Reply #40)

Tue May 4, 2021, 07:39 AM

62. selfish jerk

I'm so sorry. I can't believe he doesn't 'get it.' And if he really doesn't....geez. Selfish jerk.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon May 3, 2021, 09:56 PM

44. Bill caught Melinda using an Apple computer.

It's the only explanation that makes sense.

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Response to tclambert (Reply #44)

Mon May 3, 2021, 11:17 PM

49. Tonight's winner!!!!

Thanks for the laugh! I needed it.

Very creative.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon May 3, 2021, 10:05 PM

47. When our last child was nearly ready to leave for college,

My husband and I went on a trip together. I really wasn't sure what our relationship would be now that all the kids were grown. Everything had been all about the kids for our entire marriage. I wondered if he and I still had anything in common. What would we even talk about alone on a trip together?

It turned out that we had a lot to talk about. We rediscovered each other and have been happy in the 15 years since. We consider ourselves very lucky to be growing old together.

I think it goes the other way for a lot of couples.

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Response to NH Ethylene (Reply #47)

Tue May 4, 2021, 03:49 AM

59. Congratulations! I'm glad you were able to reconnect.

The kids leaving for college is a tricky time in a marriage. The Gates' youngest child is 18.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon May 3, 2021, 10:35 PM

48. After 27 years, "growing together" is not the goal.

Supporting each other ought to be enough.

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Response to TomSlick (Reply #48)

Tue May 4, 2021, 03:56 AM

60. What does "growing" even mean in this context?

I mean, what is this "growing" he needed to do, at 65, that couldn't happen if he stayed with Melinda? It was a very weird tweet for a 65 year old to write.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon May 3, 2021, 11:36 PM

51. Bill and Melinda have been in a race to give their money away.

Bill said that he'll leave a couple million for the kids, but they shouldn't need more to make it on their own. Now we'll see if Melinda still wants to give her half away.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon May 3, 2021, 11:59 PM

53. Bill supposedly pledged to give away a large percentage of his wealth before he died.


I bet this wasn't the way he was planning on doing it.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue May 4, 2021, 12:02 AM

54. when i heard this on the radio earlier i thought:

whatever...it must suck to be so fucking rich.

so, it's true what they say? that money can't buy happiness?

yeah... whatever.....

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue May 4, 2021, 01:04 AM

55. Which of them will get that ginormous house?

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Response to fierywoman (Reply #55)

Tue May 4, 2021, 07:57 PM

64. I'm wondering who will get the 240k acres of prime farmland

Or various other treasures that Gates has gobbled up during his time.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue May 4, 2021, 08:14 PM

65. I just heard that their youngest child is eighteen, so maybe waiting for the nest to be empty.

Which reminds me of an old joke about a couple in their nineties getting divorced. The judge asks them why they waited so long. The answer: We've hated each other for sixty years but we had to wait to divorce until the kids died.

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