Bill Gates was so serious about marriage that he once listed pros and cons on a blackboard.
Billionaire Microsoft co-founder and Melinda Gates – who announced they were divorcing Monday after 27 years – discussed the incident in the 2019 Netflix series “Inside Bill’s Brain.”
Melinda, 56, laughed when she remembered she got in on Bill who came on the list, noting “He had to make a decision” whether to tie the knot.
“I took the idea of marriage very seriously,” Bill explained in the documentary.
The two met in 1987 at a dinner in New York City, not long after Melinda had joined Microsoft as product manager, according to CNBC.
After about a year of dating, the two stood at a crossroads.
“You know, we were very interested in each other, and there were only two options: either we had to break up or we had to get married,”
He “wanted to get married, but he did not know if he could actually commit to it and [run] Microsoft, ”Melinda added.
The couple eventually married in Hawaii in 1994. Two years later, Melinda left the technology company to focus on starting a family. She and Bill now have three children: Jennifer, 25, Rory, 21, and Phoebe, 19.
The couple launched the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 and built it into possibly the largest and most influential private philanthropic organization in the world.
In the Netflix show, Bill said he and Melinda were “really equal partners.”
“She looks a lot like me because she’s optimistic and she’s interested in science. She is better with people than I am, ”he said.
The two remain in their roles as co-chairs and trustees of the foundation, which said in a statement “no changes are planned for their roles or the organization.”
Gateses, long recognized for their deep pockets, philanthropy and promises to give away 95 percent of their fortune, are known for their work tackling social justice and humanitarian issues and were never the ones who lived extravagant lifestyles in public.
A divorce apparatus obtained by TMZ shows that Melinda filed for divorce on the grounds that the marriage was “irrevocably broken.”