Bloomberg delists Bill Gates from billionaire index after he announced divorce from wife, Melinda


Co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, and his wife, Melinda, have announced plans to end their marriage after 27 years.

The couple posted the news on their separate Twitter handles on Monday, saying the decision was reached after due consideration.

Bill and Melinda, who got married in 1994, have been at the forefront of major philanthropic activities across the world.

Announcing the decision to end their marriage, the couple said they’ll still work together at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the post reads.

“Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable people to lead healthy lives.

“We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue to work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.

“We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”

Meanwhile, Bloomberg has delisted Bill Gates, one of the world’s richest men, from its billionaire index, following the announcement of a divorce.

Immediately after the announcement, Gates was taken out of the top billionaires’ list, where he usually hovers in the top four spots.
As of May 2, 2021, Gates was fourth on the index with a net worth of $145 billion, having gained over $13 billion in 2021 alone.
In 1987, an unmarried Gates became the youngest American Billionaire, a record he held until Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder came to the billionaire status in 2007.

Before he got married to Melinda in 1994, Gates was already named the richest man in America. 

The couple have three children together.

Forbes’ real-time billionaire list still has Gates at number four with a wealth of $130 billion.

The divorce is expected to affect their wealth, but the extent to which this will happen is yet to be known.

Bill had previously said Melinda is a “truly equal partner”. This may have equal consequences on his wealth in the days ahead.

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