World Reacts to Bill And Melinda Gates' Divorce

Headline Roundup May 4th, 2021

On Monday, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Melinda Gates announced their divorce after 27 years of marriage. The two are known for their $50 billion Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which spends approximately $5 billion a year on education and disease eradication. "We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation," the statement read, "but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives." A Gates spokesperson said that both will remain co-chairs and trustees, and that the foundation does not expect any changes to its work. Bill Gates is currently the world’s fourth-richest person, with a $130 billion net worth.

While a divorce is typically a private matter, people across the nation reacted to the Gates' divorce in different ways. Some provided speculation and analysis regarding the future of the Gates' charitable foundation, given how a change in the charity could impact public life. Others created internet memes about the couples' divorce news, some playful and some harsh. Still others encouraged empathy for the Gates family as they navigate a difficult situation, and appreciation for their charity work that has impacted people around the globe.

World Reacts to Bill And Melinda Gates' Divorce

From the Left

Bill and Melinda Gates, the leaders of the world’s most venerated and powerful philanthropy, said on Monday that they were getting a divorce — an earthquake moment in the nonprofit sector.

The billionaire couple sets the strategic vision for the $50 billion Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which they co-founded and which spends more than $5 billion a year on causes like US education and worldwide disease eradication. Their divorce potentially has enormous implications for their work.

The Gateses are America’s most famous billionaire philanthropists, with the power and profile...

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From the Right

They opened the online flood-Gates.

When Bill and Melinda Gates announced they were getting divorced Monday, the ever-sympathetic social-media masses were quick to pay their respects — with a tsunami of mocking memes.

The philanthropist couple had tweeted the shocking news in a joint statement on their separate accounts yesterday afternoon.

“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” they wrote.

The announcement concluded, “We continue to share a belief in that mission and will...

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From the Center

In the current media environment where bitter social media mobs, desperate-for-clicks news outlets and holier-than-thou pundits pile on to criticize and make fun of the Gates, let me take a different stance.

Bill and Melinda Gates appear to be divorcing after 27 years of marriage. Divorces are generally very difficult and personal, and it can only be worse if it becomes a public media frenzy. Just because people are famous or wealthy does not mean that they don’t have feelings and should not be treated with humanity.

Most Americans are...

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