Bill Gates, the co-founder and former CEO of Microsoft, and his wife Melinda Gates on Monday announced that they have been separating soon after 27 years of marriage.
In a joint statement on Twitter, they stated that “after a great deal of thought and a lot of work” on their relationship, they had decided to portion approaches.
“Over the last 27 years, 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,” they tweeted, adding, “but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives”.
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 3, 2021
However, they additional wrote that they will “continue our work together at the foundation (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)”. They also asked for “space and privacy” for their loved ones as they start to navigate a new life.
Even although comments have been disabled for the post shared from the official Twitter manage of Bill Gates, almost 46,000 individuals quoted his tweet and shared their views on the separation of one of the most effective and influential couples in the world.
Carl Theodore Bergstrom, a theoretical and evolutionary biologist and a professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, wished the ex-couple the ideal going forward and added, “I respect the candor, regret the fact that you have to deal with the public eye in all of this, and admire enormously your ability to continue collaborating in your shared commitment to the work of the foundation. Godspeed.”
Wishing you each the ideal going forward. I respect the candor, regret the truth that you have to deal with the public eye in all of this, and admire enormously your capability to continue collaborating in your shared commitment to the work of the foundation. Godspeed. https://t.co/bRTkAZCYWb
— Carl T. Bergstrom (@CT_Bergstrom) May 4, 2021
Some customers joked and asked if Mr Gates was single now. “Does that mean you are single?” asked a user.
Wow.. So now Bill Dates.. ???? https://t.co/V4LVHGMsFQ
— Ayhan Gedik (@Ayanimuuu) May 3, 2021
Does that imply you are single? ???????????????????? https://t.co/D1gNDmv87s
— ???? (@LagEsteric) May 3, 2021
Many questioned his stand more than privacy. Some expressed their displeasure.
Isn’t this ironic, the man who makes use of technologies against us is asking for privacy. https://t.co/Rt64gOCWQJ
— It’s Just Me, If I do not like U, its b/c UR an A$$ (@10secondslost) May 4, 2021
I’m asking for him to respect my family’s space as nicely. https://t.co/Ovh37FGGf3
— Miles J Fenucci (@FenucciMiles) May 3, 2021
“We ask for space and privacy”
Tweets to 55 million followers https://t.co/CQH7AG2VlZ
— Jim Dandy (@JimDandyMD) May 3, 2021
“Space and Privacy” even though advertising vaccine passports? Yeah, I’d like some space and privacy also, Bill. https://t.co/BGpHTF3c5P
— Al (@_fake_alien) May 3, 2021
I like my privacy also, Bill. https://t.co/XrvAoWLe6d
— Joost ???? (@raretijden) May 3, 2021
The couple jointly ran the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which more than the previous various years, has donated more than $50 billion in the fight against COVID-19, climate alter and to advocate girls rights. In an emailed statement, a spokesperson of the foundation stated the couple will stay the co-chairs and trustees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.