TOPNews – JAKARTA. The divorce of billionaire Bill Gates and his wife Melinda is back in public attention in the world. On social media Twitter their divorce became a trending topic on Tuesday (4/5).
Both of them were also recorded as having assets of US $ 146 billion or the equivalent of Rp. 2,117 trillion (exchange rate of Rp. 14,500) at stake in the divorce.
Apart from having exorbitant wealth, the two of them have also been involved quite far in the history and operations of the world of philanthropy. The couple’s announcement of divorce on Monday (3/5/2021) after 27 years of marriage will affect the technology industry, a broad portfolio of business and real estate including global health, climate change policies, social issues and equality for women.
The couple complied Bloomberg Billionaires Index have a fortune equivalent to US $ 146 billion, made no public explanation of their wealth-sharing plans, although they said they will continue to work together to continue their philanthropy.
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“After a lot of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the two said in brief statements posted on Twitter.
“We have raised three wonderful children and built a foundation that works around the world to enable everyone to lead healthy and productive lives.”
Bill Gates, the 65-year-old founder of Microsoft Corp., is ranked the fourth richest in the world. Melinda Gates, 56, is a former Microsoft manager who rose to international prominence by co-running the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. That has already contributed more than US $ 50 billion to their fortune.
They will remain co-chairs and supervisors of the foundation, a spokesman for the organization wrote in the emailed statement. “No changes to their roles or organization are planned,” the statement said.
“They will continue to work together to shape and approve foundation strategies, advocate for foundation issues, and set the overall direction of the organization.”
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The couple filed for divorce in King County on Monday, an online search of court documents showed. They have a separation agreement, according to a copy of the divorce petition posted by the TMZ website, which does not specify the terms. It called their marriage “irreparably damaged.”