It has been exactly one year since billionaire Bill Gates and philanthropist Melinda French announced that they would end their marriage after 27 years and three children together.
“After much thought and hard work in our relationship, we made the decision to end our marriage,” the couple said in a statement. joint statement at the time. “Over the last 27 years, we have raised three amazing children and built a foundation that works around the world to enable all people to lead healthy and productive lives.”
Gates reflected on this time last year and the last 12 months of change in a new interview with The times where he spoke of his divorce from Melinda, he notes that marriages are “complex”, although he looks back on their former union as a “great marriage”.
“We grew up together. When I got married, yes, Microsoft was very important. But I was a 38-year-old girl and she was a mature 28-year-old, and for the next few years, in terms of what we learned together, what was well, that didn’t go well … that’s more than half of my adult life, “Gates said. The times. “We’ve done a lot of things together.”
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However, the founder of Microsoft claims that he would not have done it differently.
“Every marriage when children leave home will go through a transition. My sadness went through this transition called divorce,” he said bluntly. “It wouldn’t have changed. You know, I wouldn’t choose to marry someone else … Yeah. I’m talking about remarrying Melinda.
He explained that the couple “spent some time reaching a fair agreement”, although he noted that, regardless of the outcome, the monetary gains were not what he really cared about splitting the couple, but the focus was on the philanthropic efforts.
“It was about the causes,” he said of the deal.
The two currently run the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation together, something they have both managed calmly throughout the year since their divorce, including co-hosting annual meetings and continuing to boost their philanthropic efforts.
“We have a very important, complex and close relationship in which we have chosen to work together,” Gates said. “I feel lucky to be able to work with her.”
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This is not the first time Gates has spoken publicly about his divorce, but perhaps the most positive tone.
In an August 2021 interview with Anderson Cooper, the billionaire said emotionally that his divorce was a “source of great personal sadness” before writing more of his emotions in a year-end letter months later. where he talked about the empty nest and its fit. to what he called “the most unusual and difficult year.”
“Adapting to change is never easy, whatever it is,” Gates wrote. “I was impressed by the resilience of my loved ones, especially my children, at this difficult time.”
As for where the two are now, Gates said he considers his ex-wife to be a friend even though he noted that “in an interview [Melinda] chose not to use this word “.
The reference interview was French’s sitting interview with Gayle King in March, where she noted that she was hesitant to use the word F when talking about her current relationship with her ex-husband.
“Not a moment or something specific happened,” French said of the separation. “There came a time when it was enough to make me realize I wasn’t healthy and I couldn’t. We didn’t trust what we had.”
According to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index, Bill Gates is worth $ 125 billion. Melinda French is worth $ 11.1 billion for the same data.
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