By Ron Howells • 03 May 2021 • 23:17
Bill And Melinda Gates To DIVORCE After 27 Years Of Marriage.
Bill and Melinda Gates have announced that they are getting divorced after 27 years of marriage, saying “we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple”.
“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage. We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life,” the Twitter statement said.
Bill and Melinda began dating in 1987 after meeting at a New York trade show, and she went on to work in marketing for Microsoft and be appointed as General Manager of Information Products in the early 90s.
The couple wed on January 1, 1994, in Hawaii – Melinda left the company in 1996 to focus on starting their family. Bill and Melinda have three adult children, Jennifer, Rory and Phoebe – and reside in their huge, earth-sheltered family mansion, dubbed Xanadu 2.0, overlooking Lake Washington in Medina, WA.
The organisation has since spent billions fighting causes such as infectious diseases and encouraging vaccinations in children. The Gates – along with investor Warren Buffett – are behind the Giving Pledge, which calls on billionaires to commit to giving away the majority of their wealth to good causes.
According to Forbes, Microsoft founder Bill Gates is the fourth wealthiest person in the world.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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