If Mackenzie Bezos can do it, Melinda Gates can do it too. That’s right, the infallible Bill and Melinda Gates are separating after 27 years of marriage. It’s the latest high-profile divorce in the city and one that the world will be watching with a close eye. After all, the divorce between some of the richest people in the world is a curious thing.
The two met while working at Microsoft, have created the world’s biggest foundation, and seemed to be the billionaire couple that could last a lifetime. Now, everyone from celebrities to meme accounts is having their say on the split. Here’s how the world is reacting to Bill and Melinda Gates’s divorce.
To start things off, here’s Bill and Melinda’s short and simple message to the world. And while they ask for privacy that’s going to be hard when you’re one of the most followed people in the world.
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 3, 2021
On the topic of privacy, Dr. Naomi Wolf, the author of The Beauty Myth chimed in for her hot take. Because you know, digital surveillance is a big thing.
Bill and Melinda Gates: “We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.” Can our families also have space and privacy from both of you?
— Dr Naomi Wolf (@naomirwolf) May 4, 2021
One user pointed out a humorous option for announcing the divorce.
— JimmyKastner (@JimmyKastner) May 3, 2021
And another user with a serious talent for words made a play on classic Microsoft programs.
Seeing Bill and Melinda Gates not Excel at their relationship has me like “Word?” I wish our Windows weren’t closed but you made it a PowerPoint to stay away. Here’s hoping your future has a better Outlook. pic.twitter.com/jA4uKH7qve
— Klm (@kalimmmzzz) May 4, 2021
As for more serious matters, one user pointed out just how many things this divorce can and will affect.
Like y’all not understanding me. THEIR DIVORCE. Bill and Melinda Gates.
THE END OF *THEIR* MARRIAGE could have and probably will impact Wall Street, Philanthropy, Technology, Business, Public Health, and Education.
Their MARRIAGE y’all. I- pic.twitter.com/ODPq7wi5EV
— Anna Gifty says #TheBlackAgendaBook is coming (@itsafronomics) May 4, 2021
To further that point, here’s another hot take.
That divorce announcement was not for us. It was to calm global markets. And that is absolutely wild to me.
— Ryan Ken (@Ryan_Ken_Acts) May 4, 2021
While we’d say they’re just like us, they’re really not. Billionaires are on another level and chances are that our personal lives will never affect world markets or technology. That being said, we wish them the best in their endeavors and hope that they are able to continue to work together as they have planned.
Let this be a reminder that money can’t buy you happiness. And uh please continue to get vaccinated, don’t let the Twitter crazies get to you. Have a great week Seattle.