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Melinda Gates resigns from Gates Foundation

Melinda Gates, the former wife of Microsoft’s founder has said she would step down as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from June 7.

Melinda Gates resigns from Gates Foundation
Melinda Gates resigns from Gates Foundation

The 59-year-old revealed on Monday that she will resign from the Foundation she has co-managed with her ex-husband since 2000.

Melinda disclosed this via a statement on her X, insisting it was a difficult decision for her.

As part of her separation agreement from Bill Gates, Melinda said she will receive an additional $12.5 billion for her charitable work.

She added that her plans were to channel her charitable works on groups that focus on women and families.

“This is not a decision I came to lightly,” she said in a statement posted on X. “I am immensely proud of the foundation that Bill and I built together and of the extraordinary work it is doing to address inequities around the world.”

Backing the story, the Foundation’s chief executive officer, Mark Suzman, said the organisation will change its name to the Gates Foundation, and Bill Gates will become the sole chair.

“I am sorry to see Melinda leave, but I am sure she will have a huge impact in her future philanthropic work,” wrote Bill Gates in a separate statement Monday, also posted on X.

“Looking ahead, I remain fully committed to the Foundation’s work across all our strategies, and to realizing the opportunities we have to continue improving the lives of millions around the world,” he wrote.

Bill Gates and Melinda Gates announced their divorce in May 2021.

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