Melinda and Bill’s Divorce: What You Should Know
On Monday, the world was shocked to hear about the divorce of billionaire couple Melinda and Bill Gates. The pair, married for 27 years, were the founders of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that has spent more than 50 billion dollars in philanthropic projects since 2000 in the hopes of increasing the quality of life for underprivileged individuals among other admirable causes. The two have already begun dividing their fortune through multiple stock transfers and talks of the causes of divorce have been circulating all over social media.
Not only did their divorce spark a whirlwind of shock on social media, but it also caused people to reflect on their own marriages, according to many Twitter users sharing their thoughts on the split. To all, the couple was as powerful and strong as ever in their collective strive to elevate global health, improve education, and mitigate the effects of infectious diseases, including their recent contributions of about one billion dollars to COVID-19 relief.
What Does This Mean For the Future of The Foundation?
In the statement posted by Mr. and Mrs. Gates themselves, they state that the foundation “works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives” and that they will “continue to share a belief in that mission”. Despite being joined in this common belief, they go on to state that they “no longer believe [they] can grow together as a couple in this next phase of [their] lives.”
As the former couple made clear, we can foresee the foundation continuing in its philanthropic work with both Bill and Melinda at the forefront of the mission. However, not all seem to have a clean ending. Despite being praised for their avid support of early vaccine candidates, the foundation and pair received criticism for their work to privatize vaccines from companies to maintain their intellectual property rights. Amid a deadly spike in COVID-19 cases in India, this is viewed by many as a juxtaposition of their past work in helping other nations and causes. To add to the unsettling divorce rumors, this issue is also contributing to the dark news surrounding them.
It is impossible to predict the future but we can only hope that this split does not reduce the efforts of the foundation. More information on Melinda’s difficult marriage with Bill, her rise to success, and her belief in empathic leadership can be found in this week’s Super U Podcast.