- On May 3, philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates announced they would be getting a divorce
- The couple were married for 27 years and together for a total of 34
- Being single for the first time in over three decades, there’s speculation on who Bill will date next. See below for odds and best picks.
Nobody saw this one coming. On May 3, 2021, business magnate Bill Gates and philanthropist wife Melinda announced they’d be getting a divorce. This is truly the end of an era for one of the globe’s most renowned and powerful couples.
The Gates’ were married for 27 but together for a total of 34 years. Famously, the Seattle-based pair founded the joint venture The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This private $46.9 billion holding foundation is aimed to enhance healthcare and reduce global poverty.
While it seems Bill and Melinda will continue to work together, the romance between the two is allegedly over. “We no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives,” the pair wrote as part of a joint tweet announcing the split.
Bill Gates, with a net worth of over $130 billion, is now one of the most eligible bachelors in America. At 65, he’s the fourth richest man in the world.
Odds on Who Bill Gates Will Date Next
All odds as of May 5th
While Bill steps out on his own for the first time since 1987, the dating pool is certainly a lot different than all those years ago. So let’s take a look and see who sticks out from the list of odds.
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The Winblad Connection
With the best odds of all, Ann Winblad is sitting pretty at +450. Wondering why? Winblad is close in proximity to Bill Gates in multiple ways. She’s five years his senior, so they come from the same generation. But more importantly, she’s already in Gates’ orbit.
Winblad, like Gates, has long been involved in business. She founded Hummer Winblad Venture Partners and was actually an early consultant to Gates’ company Microsoft. Most important to mention though is that Winblad and Gates dated before he got together with Melinda.
In fact, all the years Bill and Melinda were together, Bill and Ann maintained a tradition from their dating years. Each year, Bill and Ann would vacation together at her beach cottage in North Carolina. They began this annual tradition in their decade-long relationship and have continued it ever since.
While it’s unclear if Ann and Bill’s ongoing friendship contributed to the Gates’ eventual split, it does seem likely they get together.
Looking at the Other Options
Winblad aside, the odds for Gates’ next fling are plentiful. But many of them don’t even make sense.
Some of the women on the list are presently in committed relationships. From Hillary Clinton to Oprah Winfrey to Meghan Markle, a lot of these big A-list names offer a lot of shock value but not much else.
As a long shot, Drew Barrymore is an interesting pick at +4500. While she’s certainly a lot younger than Gates, she would offer a fun new life for Gates. The bubbly television show host is a chance for Gates to steer more into the Hollywood life if he’s interested.
Julia Koch is also a great bet at +2000. The widowed philanthropist lost her husband two years ago and maybe ready to get back out there. A Koch-Gates pairing makes sense in age as well as in mutual interest.
Out of all the odds, though, nothing makes more sense when Winblad. The pair are already vacationing together, why not just make it official once more?
Pick: Ann Winblad (+450)