What’s the deal with tech billionaires and unexpected divorce announcements? Two years after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and former wife Mackenzie Scott announced their decision to split after 25 years of marriage, Microsoft’s billionaire founder and philanthropist Bill Gates and long-term partner have decided to part ways as well.
The couple took to Twitter to put out a joint statement confirming their split after 27 years of marriage, and while they will continue to work together on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, they believe that they can no longer “grow as a couple”.
Bill met Melinda for the first time at Microsoft in the year 1987, shortly after she joined the tech firm. The pair married in 1994.
Their foundation is one of the richest in the world, having provided more than $54 billion in areas including malaria and infectious disease control, agricultural research, basic health care, and sanitation.
Naturally, the news of their split sparked a social media frenzy as netizens didn’t hold back from reacting and giving their two cents on the matter.
Some couldn’t resist the urge to ask either Bill or Melinda out now that the two extremely wealthy individuals are single and (presumably) ready to mingle:
fighting the urge to flirt with bill gates right now https://t.co/qgpJ1Szf4c
— Eleanor Neale (@ELEANORXNEALE) May 3, 2021
— Zakria (@Zakr1a) May 3, 2021
— Kevin Phillips Bong (@K_Phillips_Bong) May 3, 2021
This one user went as far as to speculate that Melinda divorced Bill so that she could shoot her shot with serial entrepreneur and billionaire Elon Musk instead because “he’s way cooler”:
Breaking News: Melinda Gates just heard about the Elon Musk dogecoin clue and decided to divorce Bill in order to shoot her shot with Elon instead now that she’s realized he’s way cooler.#BillGates #BillGatesDivorce #MelindaGates #ElonMusk #Dogecoin https://t.co/FZrnPdp0fh
— Matt Wallace ⚠️ (@MattWallace888) May 3, 2021
Of course, some users couldn’t help but point out that Melinda Gates might just become the richest woman in the world once the astronomic divorce settlement gets finalized:
— Zethu💞 👑 (@MsNtfulini) May 3, 2021
MacKenzie Scott: Settles her divorce with Jeff Bezos for $38 billion.
— Ed (Weridooo) (@porkrinds007) May 3, 2021
There were also a couple of “relationship gurus” who took this opportunity to highlight how money alone can’t make a couple happy and content:
Having watched the news of Bill Gates and Melinda Gates divorce, I can say It is good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good too, to check up once in a while and make sure you haven’t lost the things money can’t buy.#melindaGates#BillGates pic.twitter.com/0URkOtKQBT
— ᗩᒪI (@iamabdul_ch) May 3, 2021
So proved that wealth is not the solution of every problem. One of the Richest men in the World could not keep his wife happy 🤨
Bill & Melinda Gates announced Divorce after 27 years of Marriage. #BillGates pic.twitter.com/X1Uvkx7HXz
— Masihullah Adil (@MasihAdil101) May 3, 2021
Some users have been flabbergasted at how much two people can impact the state of affairs in our world:
That divorce announcement was not for us. It was to calm global markets. And that is absolutely wild to me.
— Ryan Ken (@Ryan_Ken_Acts) May 4, 2021
— Anna Gifty (@itsafronomics) May 4, 2021
And finally, a good old round-up of some of the best memes on the divorce:
— hazim (@itx_hazimmalik) May 4, 2021
— Talha (@talha_umair_) May 3, 2021
— Talha Khan🇵🇰 (@TalhaConnects) May 3, 2021
— Sahil Chawla (@SahilChawla93) May 3, 2021
Melinda Gates #BillGates Bill
Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates while updating pics in Tinder pic.twitter.com/qzhyViIrPk
— True Author (@oldmanwin) May 4, 2021
Are you shocked by this divorce? What do you think will be the impact of this split on the Foundation? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!