Bill and Melinda Gates started the process of their divorce in 2019 when the latter learnt about her husband's decade old intimate relationship with an employee at Microsoft.

The allegations prompted the Microsoft board of directors to hire investigators,  which took place before the billionaire resigned from the board.
In a statement released by his spokeswoman, the billionaire admitted to having the affair.
"There was an affair almost 20 years ago which ended amicably," Bridgitt Arnold said in a press statement.
Melinda held divorce talks with her lawyers after the media also reported that Bill Gates was friends with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. According to the New York Times, it was Bills friendship with Epstein, whom Bill supposedly maintained close links with despite Epstein being convicted for soliciting sex with girls as young as 14, which apparently upset Melinda Gates, leading to her initiating a divorce.
Their divorce was made official on May 3, when the two announced in a statement that their 27 year marriage had come to an end.

"After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage. Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives," they said.

"We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives. We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life,"