/ 15 May 2024

Doing it her way

Melinda French Gates

One of the globe’s most influential philanthropists Melinda French Gates (aka Bill’s ex) is cutting ties with the massive charity the pair started nearly 25 years ago. French Gates posted on social media that “the time is right… to move forward into the next chapter of my philanthropy”. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has committed tens of billions of dollars to eradicate polio and tuberculosis as well as poverty and promote gender equality. It will now be known as the Gates Foundation, with Bill as sole chair. While she hasn’t talked specifics about what’s next, French Gates has $19 billion to devote to her own causes as part of the deal to walk away. Late last year she travelled to Malawi with Michelle Obama and Amal Clooney to highlight the plight of millions of girls forced into marriages. The Gates’ divorce was finalised 3 years ago… 

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