Why I Don’t Care Bill Gates Is Getting Divorced
Wow, just typing that title nearly made my Windows laptop crash. Yes, Bill and Melinda Gates, the billionaire couple and benefactors of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are filing for divorce after 27 years of marriage, with Bill tweeting:
The irony of a tech giant asking for privacy while tweeting about his divorce shouldn’t be lost on any of us. But don’t worry, I’m not going to write about Bill’s private life, or his family, because frankly I don’t care. A lot of of people have said we can’t criticise Bill because of how much philanthropy he and his (soon to be ex) wife Melinda take part in. Indeed over the last 25 years, the two have given over $50 billion to charitable causes. Bill has pledged to donate the majority of his $100 billion Estate (we’ll see how much of that Estate is kept after his oncoming divorce), and upon his death, his 3 children will each receive a $10 million inheritance. That is one 33rd of 1% of his total net worth. However, to quote Sociologist Linsey McGoey in her work ‘No Such Thing As A Free Gift’, “The fact that the Gateses often fund initiatives that many people approve of should not insulate them from criticism, and to date, that’s exactly what has happened: gaping silence…” Nor do I think Bill and Melinda filing for divorce should make Gates immune to criticism, or that we ought fall silent until a later date, especially when the criticism put before him is an urgent and pressing one…for those involved there is no later date. It may also be worth clarifying that I’m not about to write a whole article trying to convince you how ol’ Billy created COVID-19, then created the vaccine to microchip us all and set up Office 1984 — he didn’t, and as the 4th richest man on Earth, he is no stranger to those kinds of conspiracies. That’s the funny thing, these conspiracies are absolutely overblown and mostly untrue, but they do come from a point of truth in some respects.