The Microsoft co-founder and the mother of his children revealed in a documentary about the tech magnate that he analysed the possibilities of marriage in a list before marrying his long-term partner. Speaking on Netflix’s ‘Inside Bill’s Brain’, Melinda recounted finding Bill in his bedroom writing up the list, adding that he “had to make a decision”.
He added: “I took the idea of marriage very seriously.”
Melinda explained that her partner “wanted to be married, but he didn’t know whether he could actually commit to it and [run] Microsoft.”
Mr Gates added that, at the time, the couple only had “two possibilities: either, we were going to break up or we were going to get married.”
The billionaire announced his divorce in a Twitter post on Monday after 27 years of marriage.
Bill and Melinda Gates, who share three children, said about the split: “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage.
“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.
“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 the next phase of our lives.
“We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”