(Headline USA) The First Couple of the New World Order is calling it quits.
Bill and Melinda Gates announced Monday that they are divorcing.
The Microsoft co-founder and his wife, who launched the world’s largest charitable foundation, said they would continue to work together at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, although an acrimonious split could potentially blow open sensitive secrets about their suspected social-engineering plans.
In identical tweets, they said they had made the decision to end their marriage of 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 in a statement. “We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”
The couple were married in 1994 in Hawaii. They met after she began working at Microsoft as a product manager in 1987.
Gates long occupied the spot of “worlds richest person,” but has since fallen to fourth on the list, with an estimated $130 billion.
Unlike Amazon founder Jeff Bezos—who continues to occupy the top spot dispite a massive divorce settlement that gave a 4% stake in Amazon, worth more than $36 billion, to his ex-wife, MacKenzie—Gates is likely to plunge significantly as a result of any major settlement.
Depending on whether his current moneymaking or world-domination ventures bear fruit, that may mean a major drop in influence, although both will no doubt continue to play a major role in efforts to reshape a post-Reset society.
The couple’s sprawling Seattle-based foundation is easily the most influential private foundation in the world, with an endowment worth nearly $50 billion. It has focused on global health and development and U.S. education issues since incorporating in 2000.
Last year, Gates said he was stepping down from Microsoft’s board to focus on philanthropy. He has been linked to the development of a coronavirus vaccine “alliance” most recently, pledging more than $250 million to a program that will help facilitate access to the vaccines in Third World countries.
Gates was Microsoft’s CEO until 2000 and since then has gradually scaled back his involvement in the company he started with Paul Allen in 1975. He transitioned out of a day-to-day role in Microsoft in 2008 and served as chairman of the board until 2014.
Ironically, the company has flourished in his absence, largely do to the need during pandemic lockdowns to rely on more cloud-computing services as many worked remotely from home.
The company’s success during the pandemic has added to the existing skepticism surrounding Gates’s true motives, heightened by recent reports that he was buying up farmland and had recently proposed a plan to try to block out the sun.
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press