HOT TAKES: Collective Yawns and Mockery Abound Over Bill and Melinda Gates' Divorce Announcement

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After 27 years of marriage, Bill and Melinda Gates have decided to call it quits. The billionaire power couple posted the jointly-signed statement announcing their divorce on Bill’s Twitter:

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

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

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

Seriously: Who announces their divorce in a Twitter statement? They each have it pinned to their profile, reflecting the level of nerd weirdness that this couple represents.

Bill Gates is the fourth wealthiest person in the world, according to Forbes, and is worth $124 billion. He made his money through Microsoft, the world’s biggest software company, which Bill Gates co-founded in the early ’70s.

The Gateses plan to remain partners in running the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The organization has spent over 64 billion, first in the education sector, giving money to libraries and schools; then in fighting infectious diseases in developing countries and pouring money into vaccine research and distribution.

With this global pandemic, it is the last part that caused many to question the Gateses philanthropy, and give all their research and advocacy the side-eye.

And some found the announcement as interesting as watching paint dry.

Then there is comedic Twitter, who took the opportunity to exploit Melinda Gates’ newfound singleton status, as well as sharpen some Microsoft jokes. The software is a joke unto itself, but still…

The takes on a Billionaire divorcee collab with Mackenzie Bezos are getting the biggest laughs:

However, it is not truly trending until the Babylon Bee weighs in:

According to sources, her divorce lawyer quickly jumped in to change her mind, reminding her that Bill was a major nerd in high school and that she would get at least half of his mind-controlled zombie army in the divorce.

“I do not care,” she said. “I live only to serve my wonderful husband, Bill.” She then changed into a 50’s housewife dress and cooking him breakfast.

The Bee tends to be prescient. I say, stay tuned…