No regrets right here. Invoice Gates isn’t so certain he’d say “I do” once more, however he is aware of marrying Melinda French Gates was the proper choice regardless of their divorce.

“Each marriage as the children depart the home will undergo a transition. Mine sadly went by means of this transition referred to as divorce,” the Microsoft founder, 66, instructed London’s Sunday Times in an interview revealed on Sunday, Could 1. “However from my viewpoint it was an awesome marriage. I wouldn’t have modified it. You already know, I wouldn’t select to marry another person.”

The newly-single billionaire wasn’t as assured about marrying anybody else. “Sure. I’m speaking about would I marry Melinda another time. When it comes to my future, I don’t have any plans, however I extremely suggest marriage,” he defined.

Invoice and Melinda dated for seven years earlier than they had been married in Lanai, Hawaii, in January 1994 with no prenuptial settlement. The pair share three kids: daughter Jennifer, 26, son Rory, 22, and daughter Phoebe, 19.

After the pair announced their breakup in Could 2021, Us Weekly confirmed that their divorce petition didn’t embrace a signed prenuptial agreement. With an estimated web value of $124 billion, the tech mogul was the among the many richest folks on the earth on the time. Nonetheless, their split was finalized three months after submitting, and Invoice is aware of how uncommon it’s for {couples} to have amicable divorces when funds are concerned.

“We spent a while arising with a good settlement that we each signed,” he defined. “However neither of us was going through any actual discount in our consumption. It was extra about, OK, I’ll have x billion to provide away, you’ll have y billion to provide away. It was in regards to the causes.”

The Seattle native continued, claiming that every of them obtained what they wished: “We’re very fortunate folks. I really feel sorry for when folks have tremendous restricted assets beneath any circumstance. And that’s not our state of affairs. We may be moderately beneficiant to the children, however the overwhelming majority of the cash will go to philanthropy.”

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Amid their break up and his youngest daughter going to varsity, Invoice stated his 66,000-square-foot Seattle house abruptly “feels too huge more often than not.” He plans to host extra dinners with consultants he needs to listen to from, and he discovered time to write down a brand new guide, The right way to Stop the Subsequent Pandemic, out Tuesday, Could 3.

The exes nonetheless work along with The Invoice & Melinda Gates Basis, and he feels they’re mates now — although Melissa denied that in a CBS interview final month. “In an interview she selected to not use that phrase, however I’ll use it,” Invoice stated. “Now we have a, you understand, tremendous necessary, complicated, shut relationship the place we’ve chosen to work collectively. And I’m very completely happy that we get to work collectively.”

After the philanthropists confirmed their divorce final yr, The Wall Street Journal reported that the “Invoice Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Large Questions” podcast cohost had a years-long affair with one of many firm’s engineers that started in 2000. A rep for Invoice subsequently confirmed in a press release to Us that “there was an affair nearly 20 years in the past which ended amicably.”

Melinda stated that the affair wasn’t the ultimate straw for his or her marriage. “It wasn’t one second or one particular factor that occurred,” she instructed CBS Mornings in March. “There simply got here a cut-off date the place there was sufficient there that I spotted it simply wasn’t wholesome and I couldn’t belief what we had.”

In his Could 1 profile, Invoice stated they’re each working toward healing. “I’m additionally grieving the identical method she is. Sure. You already know, we grew up collectively,” he famous.