Melinda French Gates and Bill Gates are still dedicated to cooperating to change the world.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which they founded in 2000, is where the wealthy philanthropists will continue to collaborate after finalizing their divorce in August 2021 after 27 years of marriage. And this week, while visiting the foundation’s 2022 Goalkeepers event, the two presented a united front.
After a two-year break, the annual event, which honors leaders advancing sustainable global goals, was hosted in person on Tuesday and Wednesday in New York City.
One day before the yearly celebration began, Melinda said she was still “totally committed” to cooperating with her ex-husband.
Melinda, 58, said to Bloomberg that she and her board of trustees had their first in-person meeting last week. “I believe they’d all agree that Bill and Melinda are still fully dedicated to this organization and to collaborating well. That’s what we’re doing right now.
Paula Lobo via Getty (L-R) Melinda French Gates, Bill Gates, Radhika Batra, Vanessa Nakate, Zahra Joya, and
The 66-year-old co-founder of Microsoft and the prominent proponent of equality for women and girls both attended the Goalkeepers 2022 Global Goals Awards, where they posed for pictures with other world leaders, including the four winners: Every Infant Matters co-founder Radhika Batra, journalist Zahra Joya, whose self-funded journalism organization addresses issues impacting women in Afghanistan; Climate justice advocate Vanessa Nakate with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.