A divorce worth Bill-ions…

Power couple Bill and Melinda Gates this week announced their decision to end their marriage after 27 years. In a statement the pair said that, following a great deal of thought and a lot of work on the relationship, they had decided to split as they do not believe they will be able to grow together in the next phase of their lives.😢 

The two jointly run the foundation that carries their names, and which has transformed the health philanthropy game. They have spent billions fighting infectious diseases and encouraging vaccinations in children, among other things. They said they will continue to work together at the foundation and still believe in their mission to help others. Seems pretty perfect and powerful, right? 

So what could have gone wrong? We don’t know the full story and we don’t like to speculate, but a surprising detail about Bill dropped our jaws in shock. It was revealed that Bill had an arrangement with Melinda to allow him to spend one weekend a year away at a beach house with his ex-girlfriend, Ann Winblad. That’s a whole new level of “Hall Pass”, Bill. But we’re sorry that the relationship didn’t Excel as you may have wanted it to and we hope you both have a better Outlook. Word! 😆 Relationships, huh? 

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 15 April 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates