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Bill Gates Took Vacations With His Ex-Girlfriend Every Year While Being Married to Melinda
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Bill Gates Took Vacations With His Ex-Girlfriend Every Year While Being Married to Melinda

Bill Gates and Melinda filed for divorce after 27 years of marriage.

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published on May 5, 2021. It has since been updated.

Billionaire couple, Bill and Melinda Gates called it quits after 27 years of marriage. With the news of their divorce, many are discussing the arrangements in their marriage, which might seem absurd to many.

According to People, Bill had a special relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Ann Winblad before and after his marriage to Melinda. 

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Bill dated Winblad, a software entrepreneur and venture capitalist before he met his future wife. Though the couple parted ways in 1987, Bill shared such a close bond with Winblad that he wanted to keep her a constant part of his life. 

Before proposing to Melinda, who also worked at Microsoft, Bill asked Winblad for her permission, according to Time. Recalling the incident, Bill stated, "When I was off on my own thinking about marrying Melinda, I called Ann and asked for her approval." Winblad responded positively and gave Bill the red signal to go ahead with his proposal. "I said she'd be a good match for him because she had intellectual stamina," recounted Winblad.