Melinda Gates ditches wedding ring as she’s seen for first time since divorce

MELINDA Gates has ditched her wedding ring for her first public appearance since her divorce.

The 56-year-old announced she was to split from Microsoft co-founder Bill Gateswho is worth around £90 billion– back in May, depois de 27 anos de casamento.

Melinda Gates appeared without her wedding ring

Melinda Gates appeared without her wedding ringCrédito: AFP
She announced she was splitting from Bill Gates in May

She announced she was splitting from Bill Gates in MayCrédito: Getty

Melinda appeared at the Generation Equality Forum convened by UN Women in Paris in her capacity as co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

She was dressed from head-to-toe in white and sent a clear message to her estranged husband, with whom she has three children.

Private donors, government officials and civil society leaders are meeting to make financial and political commitments for gender equality worldwide.

Melinda used her appearance to make a plea tolift up womenso they can havepower and influence” para “lift up everybody else”.

Women should not only have a seat at the table, they should be in every single room where policy and decisions are being made," ela disse.

The coupe were married for 27 anos

The coupe were married for 27 anosCrédito: Getty

Em contraste, when her 65-year-old husband made his first public appearance after the divorce, ele era still wearing his wedding ring.

Soon after they parted ways, it was reported Gates made unwanted advances on women he worked with at Microsoft and at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

He also confirmed the bombshell claims that he had an affair with a Microsoft employee.

The woman reportedly wrote a letter to the company’s board about their relationship in 2019 e demanded Melinda read it.

An outside law firm was brought in to investigate but he stepped down from the board before the probe was complete.

Gates denied that his departure had anything to do with the affair.

There have also been questions about his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who hanged himself in prison in 2019 while waiting trail in child sex-trafficking charges.

Melinda was a high-powered Microsoft executive before meeting and marrying Bill and going on to have três filhos com ele, Jennifer, Rory, and Phoebe.

She had been a general manager at the computer company, won his heart by beating him at a maths game and Cluedo during a puzzle contest.

She formalised the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 and the couple has forked out £32 billion addressing major global issues, como igualdade de gênero e pobreza.

Gates said they decided toend our marriage” após um “muito pensamento e muito trabalho” – dois anos depois que sua esposa admitiu que a vida conjugal era “muito difícil.”

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