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Bill Gates' Divorce

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Bill Gates' Divorce refers to news that Microsoft founder Bill Gates and wife Melinda Gates filed for divorce, announced on May 3rd, 2021. The announcement resulted in numerous memes, including photoshops, image macros and text-posts referencing the event, many joking about plans to seduce the newly single Gates for his money.


On May 3rd, 2021, Bill and Melinda Gates posted the same statement to their Twitter[1][2] accounts, announcing that they had divorced after 27 years of marriage while also confirming that they will continue to work together on their foundation (shown below). Bill's post gained over 200,000 likes and 96,000 retweets in two days. Melinda's garnered over 26,000 likes and 10,000 retweets in the same span of time.

After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage. Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives. We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives. We ask for privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life. space and - Melinda Gates and Bill Gates

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The news of the Gates' divorce sparked a number of reactions on Twitter[3][4] that day, some critical of Bill and making connections to related coronavirus conspiracy theories (example shown below, left), while others made jokes about the divorce (example shown below, right).

Terrence K. Williams @w_terrence Why is Bill Gates and Melinda Gates trending at #1 for getting a divorce ? He was too focused on trying to force us to take the Vaccine and should have been focused on his wife BUT honestly I don't care Who's with me Ed (Weridooo) ... @porkrinds007 MacKenzie Scott: Settles her divorce with Jeff Bezos for $38 billion. Melinda Gates: Hold my beer.. #BillGates #divorce

On that day, Twitter[5] user @RyanShocket posted, "Bill Gates’ wife trying out her new Mac," along with a GIF of someone using an Apple computer, Microsoft's competitor, garnering over 44,700 likes and 5,000 retweets in two days (shown below).

The most common joke about Bill Gates' divorce sees users implying they want to seduce him for his money. For example, On May 4th, Twitter[6] user @iresimpsonsfan posted, "Me on hearing Bill Gates is single" along with an image of Homer Simpson in a wedding dress, garnering over 1,900 likes and 160 retweets in a day (shown below).

Ireland Simpsons Fans @iresimpsonsfans ... Me on hearing Bill Gates is single 33

Later that day, Twitter[12] user @JomiAdeniran made a post working all of the Microsoft Office products into a sentence about the divorce along with an image of rapper Future texting, garnering over 100,000 likes and 22,800 retweets in a day (shown below).

Oluwajomiloju @JomiAdeniran - May 3 "Seeing Bill and Melinda Gates not Excel at their relationship has me like "Word?" I wish our Windows weren't closed but you made it a PowerPoint to stay away. Here's hoping your future has a better Outlook."

On that date, Redditor u/adequatesenseofself posted to /r/AskReddit,[7] "So, what’s your plan for seducing Bill Gates?," garnering over 83,000 upvotes, 400 Reddit awards and 5,500 comments joking about how users might seduce Bill (examples shown below, left and right).

Necronika_ 1 day ago 4 e5 32 s I ill stop pausing my windows updates 13.2k + Reply Give Award Share Report Save rikari14 23 hours ago This is true sacrifice + 2.2k + Reply Give Award share Report Save 2 more replies kempez2 1 day ago Whispering sweet nothings into my COVID vaccine + 4.3k + Reply Give Award Share Report Save BeholdingBestWaifu 20 hours ago 3 We vaccinated folk are basically Borg now. + 411 + Reply Give Award Share Report Save

On the same day, HITC[8] and The Sun[9] posted collections of Bill Gates divorce memes. Redditor u/dinnaehuv1 posted an image macro to /r/dankmemes[10] referencing May the Fourth and the divorce in a pun, garnering over 26,500 upvotes in a day (shown below, left). On the same date, Redditor u/Mwuaha posted a meme to /r/memes[11] implying Bill should get with the Queen, garnering over 34,700 upvotes in 16 hours (shown below, right).


Meme Examples

Bill Gates: OMG, Melinda is going to take half of my money. Jeff Bezos: First time? Me, the next time I spot Bill Gates in public jules @cuteasducks Bill Gates is single in time for hot girl summer. Gonna shoot my shot, wish me luck. 10:32 Bill Gates thisisbillgates Bill Gates thisisbillgates · Instagram 6.6M followers · 169 posts You don't follow each other on Instagram View Profile 10:31 PM U up? Řõððie o @lts_Roddie "Get money and your woman will stick by you" Bill Gates: Tate_wuuMemes e @ErnosNashidengo "Bill, Melinda Gates announce divorce after 27-year marriage" Dillish: Hi Mr Gates, I'm. jameswhite @JamesCageWhite ... Everything is fate , even the world's richest man can't escape fate, I find a girlfriend and will marry her soon, While Bill Gates get divorced. it's all fate 7:36 ow BUSINESS. Bill and Melinda Gates are ending their marriage By Clare Duffy, CNN Business Updated 2310 GMT (0710 HKT) May 3, 2021 GOALKEPERS EPERS O GOALK KEEPERS SO CALK GOALKS GOALKE AKEEPERS

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