PHILANTHROPISTS Bill and Melinda Gates announced on May 3, 2021 that they were divorcing after three decades of marriage.
The power couple is worth over $130billion combined.
Bill and Melinda Gates are divorcing after nearly three decades togetherCredit: Getty
Do Bill and Melinda Gates have children?
Bill and Melinda Gates are parents to three children: Phoebe, Rory, and Jennifer Gates.
Jennifer, 25, is reportedly an equestrian and is a medical student in her second year.
She took to Instagram in April 2020 to talk about her school progress, writing: “First year of medical school.
“While the last couple months were a bit different than expected, I’m so grateful to have met such an amazing group of colleagues, and to have learned from incredible physicians and professors this academic year.
Jennifer Gates is Bill and Melinda’s oldest daughterCredit: Instagram
Adding: “Already looking forward to year 2!”
She is also engaged to Nayel Nassar, a showjumper.
Nassar proposed in January of 2020, with Jennifer announcing the news to her social media followers.
“Nayel Nassar, you are one of a kind,” she wrote on Instagram.
“Absolutely swept me off my feet this past weekend, surprising me in the most meaningful location over one of our many shared passions.
“I can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives learning, growing, laughing and loving together. Yes a million times over. AHHH!!!”
Her siblings, Rory and Phoebe keep out of the public eye and not much is known about their personal lives.
Bill and Melinda Gates are parents to three children: Phoebe, Rory, and Jennifer GatesCredit: Instagram/Melinda Gates
What did Bill and Melinda Gates say about their split?
Bill and Melinda issued a statement on social media regarding their divorce, saying: “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage.
“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.
“We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.
The Gates asked the public for ‘privacy’ as they navigate their splitCredit: Getty
Adding: “We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”
In 2019, Bill said he had listed the pros and cons of marriage on a whiteboard in Netflix’s three-episode series, “Inside Bill’s Brain.”
After a year of dating following their 1987, Melinda described how they had reached a crossroads in their relationship and Bill had to make a decision.
“His whiteboard had the pros and the cons of getting married,” she said.
However, Bill described his wife as a “truly equal partner,” noting: “She’s a lot like me in that she is optimistic and she is interested in science. She is better with people than I am.
“She’s a tiny bit less hardcore about knowing, you know, immunology than I am,” he added.
Is Bill Gates planning on leaving any of his fortunes to his family?
Bill has been more forthright in the past about how he plans to leave his children slightly smaller pieces of his fortune, in contrast to what he’s worth.
When asked about rumors that he would only leave Jennifer, Rory, and Phoebe $10million each during a Reddit AMA session in 2013, Gates explained that it was for their benefit.
“I definitely think leaving kids massive amounts of money is not a favor to them,” he said.
“Warren Buffett was part of an article in Fortune talking about this in 1986 before I met him and it made me think about it and decide he was right.”
The Gates’ are considered one of the world’s richest couples.
It is believed that Melinda could receive a multi-billion settlement from their finalized divorce.
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