August 2, 2021
(Reuters) – The divorce between Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates, co-founders of one of the world’s largest private charitable foundations, was finalized on Monday, Business Insider reported, citing court documents.
The couple filed for divorce on May 3 after 27 years of marriage, but pledged to continue their philanthropic work together.
The Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has become one of the most powerful and influential forces in global public health, spending more than $50 billion over the past two decades to bring a business approach to combating poverty and disease.
The Gateses have backed widely praised programs in malaria and polio eradication, child nutrition and vaccines. The foundation last year committed some $1.75 billion to COVID-19 relief.
(Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Chicago; Editing by Chris Reese and Leslie Adler)