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Bill and Melinda French Gates Split Giving Pledge After Divorce

  • Their foundation will remain the focus of his philanthropy
  • French Gates says gender equality will be her main interest
Bill and Melinda French Gates in 2015.
Bill and Melinda French Gates in 2015.

Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates laid out their individual plans for giving away their fortunes almost seven months after announcing their divorce, a move that shook up the world of philanthropy because of the potential impact on their $50 billion foundation.

The couple initially wrote a letter in 2010 for the Giving Pledge, a promise to give away the majority of their money in their lifetime or their wills. On Tuesday, the pledge’s website was updated to include their new separate letters.