Chinese Netizens Are Freaking Out Over Bill Gates’ Divorce
Bill and Melinda Gates didn’t just break each other’s hearts.
The stunning announcement of the billionaire couple’s divorce has sent shockwaves through China, where distraught fans of the philanthropic duo took to social media to lament the split.
“You and Melinda have made huge contributions to people around the world. Even if you don’t hold hands together in future life, I hope your foundation can still continue and help more people,” a user on Weibo, wrote in response to Bill Gates’ Monday announcement.
“Even you are divorced,” another responded.
“How can the rest of us have hope of entering a marriage?”
Since the news broke, the “Bill Gates’ divorce” hashtag on Weibo has seen more than 830 million views and at least 66,000 discussion posts — eclipsing the 91 million views that came in when Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott divorced in 2019, the outlet reported.
Weibo denizens have spent the last few days wondering how the couple will split up their massive fortune and whether the breakup will impact the couple’s influential philanthropic organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.
On Monday, the couple announced in a joint statement they’d be divorcing after 27 years of marriage. It was later revealed that Melinda Gates filed for the split, writing in court papers the marriage was “irretrievably broken.”