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:
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 3, 2021
“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.
Melinda Gates is doing a full uninstall on marrying Bill.🔻https://t.co/y52kJf8JUr
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) May 3, 2021
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.
— regan (@reganpence) May 3, 2021
The biggest divorce since Bezos: Bill and Melinda Gates will have to divide his Microsoft fortune https://t.co/4P9N4Nkk88
— Bourbiza Mohamed (@techgateorg) May 3, 2021
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.
Bill & Melinda Gates are getting a divorce but the bigger news is what their “foundation” is being accused of around the world. The American media doesn’t cover this but the Italian parliament addressed this recently. Let’s watch: pic.twitter.com/7ZQhJK0e1x
— Melissa Tate (@TheRightMelissa) May 3, 2021
Bill and Melinda Gates are getting divorced after 27 years of marriage.
Apparently we weren’t the only ones fed up with hearing Bill run his mouth…
— Breanna Morello 🇺🇸 (@breannamorello) May 3, 2021
Melinda Gates isn’t the only one that wants Bill Gates out of their lives.
— Buzz Patterson (@BuzzPatterson) May 3, 2021
And some found the announcement as interesting as watching paint dry.
Trending: Bill and Melinda Gates getting a divorce
Black Twitters response >>>>>>
— Pariss Athena | Founder of Black Tech Pipeline (@ParissAthena) May 3, 2021
Even with a billion dollars, and back on the market, Bill and Melinda Gates are both less appealing than a cold bowl of oatmeal. pic.twitter.com/Yk3CCvfAVv
— SSGoodGirl (@USSGoodGirl) May 3, 2021
No one cares that Bill & Melinda Gates are divorcing.
Stop with the breaking news alerts🙄
— Amy Kremer (@AmyKremer) May 3, 2021
file Bill and Melinda Gates divorce under “things i don’t care about”… unless of course she is getting half.. then by all means Melinda.. hit me up
— Chach (@Chach20547024) May 3, 2021
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…
It’s been reported that Melinda Gates wrote to Bill repeatedly about what he was doing wrong in their marriage. Unfortunately, Bill kept closing out these so-called “error messages” without reading them.
— Grammar Influencer (@PETEKEELEY) May 3, 2021
Melinda Gates already has like 300 offers in her twitter timeline….you guys move fast
— F&C, LLC (@californiacpa21) May 3, 2021
“Seeing Bill and Melinda Gates not Excel at their relationship has me like “Word?” I wish our Windows weren’t closed but you made it a PowerPoint to stay away. Here’s hoping your future has a better Outlook.” 🕊
— her acrylics 🤝 my beard (@awaisoftime) May 3, 2021
Melinda Gates is trending… pic.twitter.com/nJg7sE2Q1s
— *Stang (@Zieleds) May 3, 2021
The takes on a Billionaire divorcee collab with Mackenzie Bezos are getting the biggest laughs:
MacKenzie Scott and Melinda Gates, holding hands, driving a car off a cliff. They disappear briefly then reappear. Their car is a flying rocket car. They then shoot off into the dusky horizon.
— DidLukeVoitHomerToday (@DidVoit) May 3, 2021
the only way this story redeems itself is if it turns out melinda gates and mackenzie scott are dating.
— Drew Hoolhorst (@drewber) May 3, 2021
However, it is not truly trending until the Babylon Bee weighs in:
'I Have Changed My Mind And Do Not Want A Divorce From This Amazing Handsome Man' Says Glossy Eyed Melinda Gates After Receiving Vaccine https://t.co/zWDcRmfcRh
— The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) May 3, 2021
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…