Twitter inundated with memes in wake of Bill and Melinda Gates’ shock divorce announcement

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The internet has been inundated with memes since Bill and Melinda Gates announced their divorce yesterday.

Bill and Melinda Gates, one of the world’s richest couples, are getting a divorce – with Melinda saying the marriage has been “ irretrievably broken ” in divorce filings that also show that the couple has no prenuptial agreement.

Gateses’ fortune of $ 130 billion makes them the fourth richest people in the world, after Bezos, Elon Musk and French luxury goods owner Bernard Arnault.

Bill, 64, and Melinda, 56, met in 1987 – the same year he became the world’s youngest billionaire at age 31 – married in Hawaii in 1994 and have three children: Jennifer, 25, Rory, 21, and Phoebe 18.

Bill and Melinda Gates announced their divorce on Monday after 27 years of marriage

Bill and Melinda Gates announced their divorce on Monday after 27 years of marriage

In a joint statement posted to their Twitter accounts on Monday, the couple said their work with the foundation will continue but their marriage will not, adding, “ We no longer feel like we can grow as a couple in this next phase of our lives. . ‘

Many have taken to Twitter in the wake of the couple’s announcement, flooding the platform with memes, some of which refer to Bill Gates’ tech giant Microsoft.

Gates dropped out of Harvard University in 1975 to found technology giant Microsoft with school friend Paul Allen.

Many have taken to Twitter in the wake of the couple's announcement, flooding the platform with memes, some of which refer to Bill Gates' tech giant Microsoft

Many have taken to Twitter in the wake of the couple’s announcement, flooding the platform with memes, some of which refer to Bill Gates’ tech giant Microsoft

“Bill Gates logs into his wedding this morning,” read a tweet, alongside a Microsoft error image: “Your marriage ran into a problem it couldn’t handle and now it needs to be closed.”

Another Tweet read, “Are Bill and Melinda Gates really going through a … you know … * windows 98 shutdown sound * divorce?”

A tweet quipped: ‘She cheated on me! I caught her in the act with macOS. ‘

Other Twitter users seemed delighted that Melinda Gates would now be single, with one person writing, “So what I’m hearing is … Melinda Gates is single now?”

Referring to Bill Gates’ fortune, a Twitter user suggested that the billionaire divorce attorney would welcome the news.

Another meme referred to Jeff Bezos, another billionaire who divorced his wife in 2019. Jeff kept 75 percent of their joint stake in Amazon – then worth $ 144 billion – leaving MacKenzie with a quarter worth $ 35.8 billion.

While Bill and Melinda Gates don’t have a marriage contract, it seems that much of the work of dividing their estate – including properties in five states, a private jet, an amazing art collection, and a fleet of luxury cars – has already been done, as their divorce papers repeatedly point out. to a ‘divorce contract’ that both have signed. The contract itself has not been made public.

Bill and Melinda both posted the same joint statement about their divorce on Twitter, which read: ‘After much thought and a lot of work, we made the decision to end our marriage.

Another meme referred to Jeff Bezos, another billionaire who divorced his wife in 2019.  Jeff kept 75 percent of their joint stake in Amazon - then worth $ 144 billion - leaving MacKenzie with a quarter worth $ 35.8 billion.

Another meme referred to Jeff Bezos, another billionaire who divorced his wife in 2019. Jeff kept 75 percent of their joint stake in Amazon – then worth $ 144 billion – leaving MacKenzie with a quarter worth $ 35.8 billion.

Over the past 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and created a foundation that works around the world to empower all people to lead healthy and productive lives.

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

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

The announcement comes less than two weeks after they last appeared virtually in public at a COVID health worker event.

Bill was already a billionaire when he married Melinda in the early 1990s.

He founded Microsoft in 1975 and became the youngest billionaire in the world in 1987 at the age of 31.

He also met Melinda that year when she was working at the company where he worked as CEO.

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