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After Bill and Melinda Gates simultaneously announced they will be getting a divorce just last week, information regarding their marriage, their love, and their relationship began floating on the surface instantly.
And one of the bizarre pieces of information we found out about was the “love triangle” that was surrounding the Gates through all the 27 long years. According to close family sources, Melinda knew about this!
We’re talking about Ann Winblad, the ex-girlfriend of Bill Gates, that never actually left Bill’s life completely. They were going on beach vacations every single year, without a miss, and what’s even more bizarre about the whole situation – Melinda knew about this!
“Another of Gates’ vacation companions is Ann Winblad, the software entrepreneur and venture capitalist he dated during the 1980s,” Isaacson wrote. “They met in 1984 at a Ben Rosen-Esther Dyson computer conference and started going on ‘virtual dates’ by driving to the same movie at the same time in different cities and discussing it on their cell phones. For a few years she even persuaded him to stop eating meat, an experiment he has since resolutely abandoned.”
“They broke up in 1987, partly because Winblad, five years older, was more ready for marriage,” he continued. “But they remain close friends. ‘When I was off on my own thinking about marrying Melinda,’ Gates says, ‘I called Ann and asked for her approval.’ She gave it. ‘I said she’d be a good match for him because she had intellectual stamina.’”
“Even now, Gates has an arrangement with his wife that he and Winblad can keep one vacation tradition alive,” Isaacson added. “Every spring, as they have for more than a decade, Gates spends a long weekend with Winblad at her beach cottage on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where they ride dune buggies, hang-glide and walk on the beach.”
“They were kindred minds as well as spirits,” he wrote of the exes. “On a vacation to Brazil, he took James Watson’s 1,100-page textbook, Molecular Biology of the Gene, and they studied bioengineering together. On another vacation, to a Santa Barbara, California, ranch, she took tapes of Richard Feynman’s lectures at Cornell, and they studied physics.”
“We no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives,” Bill and Melinda said in a joint Twitter statement.