Melinda French Gates is reportedly no longer pledging the majority of her $11 billion fortune to the Gates Foundation
Melinda French Gateswill no longer give most of her wealth to the Gates Foundation.
- The Wall Street Journal reports that she now plans to spread it among several philanthropic groups.
Melinda French Gates is no longer giving the majority of her wealth to the foundation she launched with ex-husband
The Wall Street Journal's Emily Glazer reported Wednesday that French Gates now plans to spread her fortune among multiple philanthropic organizations rather than give most of her fortune to the Gates Foundation, as the couple had committed to doing in their joint Giving Pledge letter in 2010.
The Giving Pledge — an initiative founded by Gates, French Gates, and Warren Buffett — asks the world's richest people to commit to giving more than half their wealth to philanthropic causes. In a new, individual Giving Pledge letter published in November 2021, French Gates, who's worth $11.4 billion, reaffirmed her committement to giving away her wealth
"I recognize the absurdity of so much wealth being concentrated in the hands of one person, and I believe the only responsible thing to do with a fortune this size is give it away—as thoughtfully and impactfully as possible," French Gates wrote.
A spokesperson said the Gates Foundation "has no additional comment regarding Melinda's future giving beyond what she said in her Giving Pledge letter."
French Gates and Gates announced last May that they were ending their marriage after 27 years together, and their divorce was finalized in August. French Gates had reportedly been meeting with divorce lawyers since 2019 after reports of Gates' ties to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein came to light.
Soon after the divorce was announced, insiders came forward alleging that Gates had been an office bully who pursued sexual affairs with
French Gates and Gates have remained co-chairs of the Gates Foundation, overseeing its roughly $65 billion endowment for the next two years. The foundation announced last year that if the two cannot continue to work together after that time, French Gates will step down.
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