Bill Gates continued taking annual vacations with ex-girlfriend after marriage: Reports

Billionaire Bill Gates and his wife Melinda created a stir earlier this week when they announced they will be divorcing after 27 years of marriage.

According to subsequent reports, their marriage included at least one seemingly unusual feature, as Bill Gates explained in a 1997 interview with Time magazine. Even after marrying his wife, he said at the time that he continued to take annual vacations with his ex-girlfriend, Ann Winblad.

“The center of an amazing universe”

Winblad, a businesswoman who founded San Francisco-based Hummer Winblad Venture Partners in 1989, traveled with Gates to her beachfront home in North Carolina, the article revealed.

“We can play putt-putt while discussing biotechnology,” Gates said of their outings, describing walks on the beach and dune buggy rides as common features of their trips.

For her part, Winblad said that the excursions gave the one-time couple an opportunity to “share our thoughts about the world and ourselves.”

She added that they both “marvel” about their mutual paths “on the fringes of a little-known industry” that led them to “the center of an amazing universe.”

Before Gates proposed to his soon-to-be-ex-wife, he said he sought Winblad’s input.

“This next phase of our lives”

“When I was off on my own thinking about marrying Melinda, I called Ann and asked for her approval,” he recalled.

In 2005, Winblad noted that she was the more successful of the two when they began dating, adding: “There was a period of time when my net worth was higher than his, and I had to pay for everything.”

Now, Gates represents half of a highly influential power couple in charge of a massive philanthropic foundation that now faces an uncertain future in light of the separation announcement.

Bill and Melinda Gates confirmed their plans by posting identical statements to their respective Twitter accounts on Monday.

“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 wrote. “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.”
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  3. So what? Millions of people get divorced after long marriages. No biggie there. The big news is that she put up with his cheating ways for so long. An annual vacation with an ex girlfriend? Doesn’t sound so ex to me And he had to get her approval to marry his wife? He may be a genius when it comes to business, but as a husband, he stinks. As a man, he leaves a lot to be desired.

  4. My questing is why would she let him date his ex girl friend, even after she married him. Sounds like their is something in the wood shed.

    1. Maybe that Bill Gates is the 4th richest man in the world is my guess. Wonder what his wife was up to while Bill was off playing putt-putt in North Carolina?

  5. Exactly, those hypocrites trying to TELL AMERICANS how to live, eat, & breathe and these guys are Two Timers! When you wear the Mark of the Beast it does not surprise me a man of his Egocentricity. I could see it if he was drop dead gorgeous but he is like 2 on the look scale. She isn’t any prettier, but Bill’s wife is very pretty. I feel so sorry for a woman who gets JERKED by a two timing man, isn’t there a song like this? She will fine without him. Once a Cheat always a Cheat! BOOOOOOOO on Bill Gates!!!!!

    1. CORRECT !!!!!!!!!! He thinks he is the expert on everything , even agriculture and he is going to tell the farmers how to farm????

  6. Bill Gates is Nasty Ugly!! I don’t blame the wife I’d stay and spend the money and do my own thing! Get more money out of him that way!

  7. HES JUST A LOW LIFE PIECE OF CRAP! HIS FATHER WAS ONCE THE HEAD OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD! AND SAID” HUMANS DON’T KNOW WHEN TO STOP RE! PRODUCING! WE NEED POPULATION CONTROL” NO WONDER HE GOT IN BUSINESS WITH THE DRUG COMPANIES! THE APPLE DIDN’T FALL FAR FROM THE TREE!

  8. I don’t know what it is with people who think they know best how other people should live. Bill has become a “Vegan” and now he thinks we should be also. Could that be why he is buying up so much land,……… put the ranchers out of business so we can’t buy and eat beef? I am sorry there is one political party that knows best how we should live and you know that means we give up our right to choose. Do you really want that?

  9. Considering all that this man has accomplished & given to the world, why do you care. He has not asked for anything, he has only given. Nice people , Nice family- leave them alone. WHY DO YOU CARE???

  10. Eldering people get crazy, impotent, forgetting one thing, that they need to make account before our Maker, so Bill Gates and Melinda are not exceptions.
    We know many people going through divorce, they are not treating if course their marriage as the sacramental bound. That attribute is of the children of demnation!
    Repent fom your sins you foolish people, or you will loose your soul in the hell! Specially you that are rich, proud, ignorants, setting your mind high like the Satan!

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