Despite their surprise divorce announcement on Monday, Bill and Melinda Gates say they will continue to work together on their charitable foundation — which has spent nearly $2 billion alone on the fight against coronavirus.
Since its inception in 2000, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has grown into possibly the largest and most influential private philanthropic organization in the world.
“Bill and Melinda will remain co-chairs and trustees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” the organization said in a statement.
“No changes to their roles or the organization are planned. They will continue to work together to shape and approve foundation strategies, advocate for the foundation’s issues, and set the organization’s overall direction. “
With an endowment worth nearly $50 billion, the nonprofit charity aims to improve healthcare and reduce extreme poverty around the globe, while domestically working to expand educational opportunities and access to technology.
Both Bill, 65, and Melinda, 56, — along with fellow multibillionaire Warren Buffett