Gates open up about their new paths after divorce

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Gates open up about their new paths after divorce

Their foundation will remain the focus for Bill, while Melinda says gender equality will be her main interest

Sophie Alexander

Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates have laid out their individual plans for giving away their fortunes, almost seven months after announcing their divorce, a move that shook the world of philanthropy because of the potential impact on their $50bn (R800bn) foundation.

The couple initially wrote a letter in 2010 for the Giving Pledge, promising to give away the majority of their money in their lifetimes or their wills. On Tuesday, the pledge’s website was updated to include their new separate letters. 

Gates said he’d continue to focus his philanthropy on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s work. The ex-couple founded the private organisation in 2000 and it has since grown into a philanthropic behemoth. ..

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