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Bill and Melinda Gates announce divorce 27 years after getting married in Hawaii

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Bill and Melinda Gates are interviewed in Kirkland, Wash., in 2019. The couple, whose foundation has the largest endowment in the world, are pushing back against a new wave of criticism about whether billionaire philanthropy is a force for good. They said they’re not fazed by recent blowback against wealthy giving, including viral moments at the World Economic Forum and the shifting political conversation about taxes and socialism.
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Bill Gates III and bride Melinda French greet guests during a reception Jan. 9, 1994 at a private estate in Seattle. The couple was married the week before in Hawaii.
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Bill Gates, founder and chairman of Microsoft Corp., center, and his wife Melinda, left, walk on a street in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Dec. 5, 2005.
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Chinese President Hu Jintao, left, is greeted by Melinda Gates, as Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, right, and Tim Chen, CEO of Microsoft China, second from right, look on as Hu arrives Tuesday, April 18, 2006 at the home of Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates in the Seattle suburb of Medina, Wash. for a dinner hosted by Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire.
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Washington Gov. Gary Locke, left, Melinda Gates, wife of Bill Gates, seated right, all laugh at comments from former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo during the dedication and grand opening of the William H. Gates hall, new home of the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle Friday, Sept. 12, 2003. The building is named for Bill Gate's father.
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Chairman of Microsoft Corporation Bill Gates, center, his wife Melinda Gates, right, and an unidentified friend attend the traditional Inti Raymi ceremony in Cuzco, Peru, Sunday, June 24, 2007.
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Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, arrive at the annual Allen and Co.'s media conference Friday, July 13, 2007, in Sun Valley, Idaho.
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Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates contends with an ill-fitting hard hat while his wife, Melinda Gates, looks on in Seattle at the groundbreaking of the University of Washington's new law school facility, William H. Gates Hall, in 2001.
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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda pose for a photo before an interview with The Associated Press in Kirkland, Wash., in 2018.
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Bill Gates looks to his wife Melinda as they are interviewed in Kirkland, Wash., in 2019.

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