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Bill and Melinda Gates’ Marriage in Photos

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Their Time Together Over 27 Years

Bill and Melinda Gates married in 1994 after seven years of dating. In 2000, they founded the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, which seeks to benefit education, health, and more across the globe. The two have become leaders in their respective fields, and Melinda has been a voice to encourage more women and girls to pursue careers in tech, while also advocating for equitable treatment of women in the workplace.


Bill and Melinda share three children: Jennifer (born 1996), Rory (born 1999), and Phoebe (born 2002). After 27 years of marriage, Bill and Melinda announced that they “made the decision” to go their separate ways on May 3, 2021.


Bill and Melinda are pictured above posing for a photo in Kirkland, Wash. From their perch as the “unofficial deans” of big-ticket philanthropy, it was business as usual for the Gates amid questions about whether altruism by the wealthy is a force for good. At the time the photo was snapped, the couple was speaking out as their annual letter was reviewing the couple’s work and vision in 2018. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is involved in a number of philanthropic focus areas, including global health and development and U.S. education and poverty. 


Check out the rest of the gallery to see more images of the couple leading up to their divorce announcement.     

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During a 2019 Interview

Bill and Melinda Gates are interviewed in Kirkland, Washington on Jan. 31, 2019. The couple, whose foundation has the largest endowment in the world, are pushing back against a new wave of criticism about whether billionaire philanthropy is a force for good. They said they’re not fazed by recent blowback against wealthy giving, including viral moments at the World Economic Forum and the shifting political conversation about taxes and socialism. 


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At the 2018 GoalKeepers Event

Bill and Melinda Gates are pictured seated by one another at the GoalKeepers event in New York on Sept. 26, 2018. The pair discussed varying topics in health, education and tech.

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With Former President Barack Obama

Former President Barack Obama, left, speaks with Bill Gates, right, and his wife Melinda Gates, during a conversation at the Goalkeepers Conference hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in New York on Sept. 20, 2017. They discussed a range of topics including health, education, and technology. 

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At The Elysee Palace With Their French Legion of Honor Medals

Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates, who are co-chairs of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, leave the Elysee Palace after receiving the French Legion of Honor medal in Paris on April 21, 2017. The pair posed for a photo before departing. 

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At the Allen and Company Media and Technology Conference

Bill and Melinda Gates make their way to the Allen and Company 33rd Annual Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho on July 10, 2015. Leading figures in media, technology, sports and politics worldwide gathered for the conference.


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At the Allen and Company Media and Technology Conference

Bill and Melinda Gates are seen walking at the Allen and Company 32nd Annual Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho on July 10, 2014. Melinda wore bright pink for the media finance conference, while Bill wore a plum colored sweater with beige slacks. 

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Visiting the British Prime Minister

Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, pose for a photo on London’s iconic 10 Downing Street on Oct. 18, 2018. At the time, they had just met with the U.K.’s former Prime Minister, David Cameron. 

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At the 2008 Olympics

Bill Gates and his wife Melinda watch the finals at the 2008 Olympics, which was being held in the National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China on Aug. 10, 2008. They were cheering on the American team. 

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Opening the 16th International AIDS Conference

Bill and Melinda Gates deliver a keynote speech to open the 16th International Aids Conference at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada on August 13, 2006. At the time, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation made a $500 million to the United Nations Global Fund, which was fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.


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Talking With Malaria Scientists and Policy Makers

Bill and Melinda Gates speak at a forum in Seattle in 2006, which was attended by 300 malaria scientists and policy makers. Bill and Melinda had a goal of obliterating the disease worldwide.

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At a Press Conference in 2006

Bill Gates and Melinda Gates answer questions amid a press conference on June 26, 2006 in New York. At the time, Warren Buffett (the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway) announced that he wanted to give 10 million shares of his company to charitable organizations, with most of those shares going towards the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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At the Allen and Company Media and Technology Conference

Microsoft’s Bill and Melinda Gates are pictured in preppy attire as they stroll to the annual Allen and Company media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. Bill capped off the event by leading a talk called, ‘Software Magic: Big Changes Ahead When Least Expected.’

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Visiting UW’s New Law School Facility

Bill and Melinda Gates put on their construction hard hats for the groundbreaking of the University of Washington’s new law school facility, William H. Gates Hall. Bill and Melinda’s charity foundation donated $12 million for this building. 

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Announcing a Children’s Vaccine Program

Bill Gates, left, and his wife Melinda hold a news conference at New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel to announce the creation of the Bill and Melinda Gates Children’s Vaccine Program. The goal of the $100 million program is to significantly reduce the time it takes for vaccines to reach children in developing nations.


This article originally appeared on Hollywood Life and is syndicated by Cheapism.