Obviously, not all marriages can be saved, none of us know what goes on behind closed doors, and so long as no one is abused, it is none of our business. Yet we can still be saddened to hear that a partnership that has done a lot for humanity is breaking up. Bill and Melinda Gates announced they are divorcing.
Say whatever one wants about Bill Gates’s business practices and anti-trust issues as Microsoft grew, making him the richest man on earth for a good period of time, there is a less cynical side that should be thankful for the fact that, despite the fact that nothing forced this couple to donate nearly all their wealth and time to alleviate suffering and help those in need all over the world. Of course, they lived without wanting anything. They lived as well as anyone possibly could. But does anyone see any of the MAGA Waltons setting up massive foundations employing experts from around the world to distribute the majority of their money to where it will do the most good for the most people?
So, having established that both are human and they enjoyed their wealth, they were also a damned effective team and actually seemed pretty grounded, all things relative. So their divorce is not good news for the world unless it alleviates some stress that was becoming counterproductive. There is that hope because both pledged to continue their work with the foundation.
With word that Bill and Melinda Gates are divorcing come questions about how the couple’s assets will be divided. His fortune is estimated at well over $100 billion. https://t.co/520Glh3baH
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 3, 2021
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“Their fortune.” Yes, he started it. But she absolutely added to the relationship and thus its prosperity.
Don’t ever believe that marriage is easy if you have enough money https://t.co/2Z0vIrcHrr
— Bruce McKnight (@BruceMcKnight1T) May 3, 2021
The above seems to be an honest message about humanity. Money buys unbelievable convenience and security, but not fulfillment or love. Perhaps they will be even more effective in a different sort of partnership now. It is possible. It is our hope.
Twitter was rather shocked:
— 77. (@sphesihle_cm) May 3, 2021
MacKenzie Scott: Settles her divorce with Jeff Bezos for $38 billion.
— Ed (Weridooo) (@porkrinds007) May 3, 2021
bill heard his vax is making everyone horny and decided he’s earned it 😔 https://t.co/HEPQv2AaBY
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) May 3, 2021
Good luck with that “space and privacy,” Bill https://t.co/OlPcoRflhx
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) May 3, 2021
imagine hoarding as much wealth as this guy does and then thinking he deserves “space and privacy”. https://t.co/tikTp3OPW3
— Joseph Fink, 👻🎃healthcare is a human right🎃👻 (@PlanetofFinks) May 3, 2021
Is anyone else just a bit unsettled by all the snark and the nastiness about the Gates’ divorce? Do people think their wealth insulates them from the emotional cost, or that it entitles strangers to mock them?
— Jeff Greenfield (@greenfield64) May 4, 2021