Bill Gates took getaways with his ex-girlfriend after marriage to Melinda

Bill Gates took getaways with his ex-girlfriend after marriage to Melinda


After marrying his wife, Bill Gates would spend a long weekend every year at a cozy beach cottage in North Carolina — with his old girlfriend.

The billionaire Microsoft founder made sure the bizarre arrangement was part of the deal when he married Melinda French in 1994, he told Time magazine in a 1997 profile.

“We can play putt-putt while discussing biotechnology,” Gates said of his private getaways with fellow nerd techie and ex Ann Winblad.

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Gates — who announced with Melinda on Twitter on Monday that they were divorcing after 27 years of marriage — revealed that he and Winblad started taking an annual trip to his ex’s Outer Banks home when they began dating in 1984 after meeting at a computer conference.

The close pair continued making the yearly jaunt together even after breaking up in 1987, when Winblad, who is five years older than Gates, was reportedly more ready to settle down.

The trip involved everything

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