Bill Gates and wife Melinda divorce after 27 years together

Billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates announced his divorce from Melinda Gates on Twitter on Monday.

Bill and Melinda Gates, September 26, 2018. AFP / Ludovic Marin
Bill and Melinda Gates, September 26, 2018. AFP / Ludovic Marin .

Bill and Melinda Gates , it’s over. After 27 years of marriage, Microsoft founder and Melinda Gates announced their divorce on Twitter on Monday. « After careful consideration and a lot of work on our relationship, we made the decision to end our marriage, » wrote the couple in a statement relayed by the account of the big boss.

The Gates, who have three children, announced that they would continue to « work together in their foundation », the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which fights against poverty and disease, but that they did not believe « could any more evolve. together as a couple ”. They met in the late 1980s when Melinda joined Microsoft.null

In the famous press release, the spouses do not say anything about the reasons that push them to separate.

Bill Gates is, according to the latest Forbes ranking, the fourth richest man in the world, with a fortune estimated at $ 124 billion. It places him behind two other Americans, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk and Frenchman Bernard Arnault, and ahead of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Why Bill Gates warns against bitcoin

Why Bill Gates warns against bitcoin

Bill Gates, the third richest person in the world, is not a fan of bitcoin, in part for environmental reasons. According to the billionaire, not only does bitcoin consume a lot of energy, it can also cause problems for investors who don’t have a lot of money to spare, given its price volatility.

“Elon (Musk, note) has a lot of money and he’s very sophisticated, so I’m not worried that his bitcoin will randomly increase or decrease,” Mr. Gates told Bloomberg in an interview . « So I’m not optimistic about bitcoin, and my general opinion is that if you have less money than Elon you should probably be careful. »

Bitcoin’s price tumbled 13% on Tuesday, to around $ 46,817, falling from a record high of $ 58,354 reached just two days ago, as investors benefited from the near doubling in price since the start of the year. ‘year.

The amount of energy used by the bitcoin in question

Climate philanthropist and activist Bill Gates, whose book “How to Avoid Climate Disaster” recently went on sale, previously said cryptocurrency has taken its toll in fairly direct ways. He also believes that the anonymity behind bitcoin transactions is not a good thing.

“The Gates Foundation does a lot in terms of digital currency, but these are things where you can see who is doing the transaction,” he said in the Bloomberg interview. « Digital currency is a good thing, it’s a different approach. »

Secretary of State for the Treasury Janet Yellen also voiced her doubts about cryptocurrencies and their environmental impact, given the amount of energy used in mining digital tokens.

“I don’t think bitcoin is widely used as a transaction mechanism,” Janet Yellen told The New York Times on Monday. « It is an extremely inefficient way of conducting transactions and the amount of energy consumed to process these transactions is staggering. »

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