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Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by wwwihy: 2:04am On May 05
After marrying his wife, Bill Gates would spend a long weekend every year at a cozy beach cottage in North Carolina — with his old girlfriend.

The billionaire Microsoft founder made sure the bizarre arrangement was part of the deal when he married Melinda French in 1994, he told Time magazine in a 1997 profile.

"We can play putt-putt while discussing biotechnology," Gates said of his private getaways with fellow nerd techie and ex Ann Winblad.

Gates even sought Winblad’s approval before proposing to his wife.

"When I was off on my own thinking about marrying Melinda, I called Ann and asked for her approval," he said, adding that Winblad gave the other woman the thumb’s up.

Winblad recalled, "I said she’d be a good match for him because she had intellectual stamina."


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Gates — who announced with Melinda on Twitter on Monday that they were divorcing after 27 years of marriage — revealed that he and Winblad started taking an annual trip to his ex’s Outer Banks home when they began dating in 1984 after meeting at a computer conference.

The close pair continued making the yearly jaunt down South together even after breaking up in 1987, when Winblad, who at 70 is five years older than Gates, was reportedly more ready to settle down.

The secluded trips involved everything from riding dune buggies to hang-gliding and quiet strolls on the beach.

"We share our thoughts about the world and ourselves," Winblad told the mag.

"And we marvel about how, as two young overachievers, we began a great adventure on the fringes of a little-known industry and it landed us at the center of an amazing universe."

At the time of the interview, Gates still had a photo in his office of him and Winblad on a trip to Germany, the magazine said.

He also had a snap of him, Melinda and a bunch of pals from a trip to Indonesia in 1995 among the rare personal pictures in his work space.

Gates and Winblad, a software expert and venture capitalist from Seattle, Wash., started off their romance like any other good computer-geek couple — with virtual dates, the outlet said.

They would each be in different cities but go to see the same movie at the same time and then talk about it over the phone.
"Bill wasn’t such a big deal when I started dating him," Winblad recalled to the San Francisco Chronicle in 2005.

"And there was a period of time when my net worth was higher than his, and I had to pay for everything. It was a very short period of time, but it was memorable," she quipped.

Meanwhile, Gates seemed eager to please Winblad — agreeing to stop eating meat at the time, although he has since fallen back on that stance, Time said.

And she was in awe of his drive and confidence.

After they started dating, "Bill and I went for a walk on a beach, and Bill tells me, ‘I can see my way, if I really squint, to $500 million in revenue," Winblad told the Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2013.

"I remember making him take a stick or a rock and drawing the numbers out on the sand for me. How was he going to get there? He then said, ‘What troubles me is I can’t see how I am going to get past $500 million.’

"I thought, ‘You’re troubled about that?’" Winblad recalled. "I was jazzed that someone could think their way through to $500 million. There was a lot of inspiration from each other back then because there was so little collective wisdom."

When the then-couple journeyed to Brazil, Gates brought with him a 1,100-page textbook on molecular biology — and the duo studied it together, Time said.

During a trip to a ranch in Santa Barbara, Calif., Winblad toted along tapes of famed physicist Richard Feynman so they could listen to them.

Winblad told Time that the pair also enjoyed beach gatherings with pals that included what they called "the sing-down" — during which teams would get a word and have to come up with tunes featuring it.

When Gates’ group got the word "sea," he disappeared for a few minutes, she said — then came strolling up singing a high-pitched version of "Puff the Magic Dragon."


https://www.foxbusiness.com/business-leaders/bill-gates-took-getaways-with-his-ex-girlfriend-after-marriage-to-melinda

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Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by blamingthedevil: 2:12am On May 05
Bill Gates doing Boys thing....He is a Bad Boy

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Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by Authoreety: 4:10am On May 05
I guess she's a huge part of Bill's success

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Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by WoundedLamb: 4:19am On May 05
Was he cheating or not?

Meanwhile, see them above always quick to justify any shit from men. Imagine if the woman was the one jetting around with her ex here. It would have been "women! They can never be trusted". Sense of objectivity has been eroded by sexism.

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Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by Jones4190(m): 4:52am On May 05
Bill gates is always a bad boy

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Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by helinues: 5:13am On May 05
Let the petty gossiping begins.

Eish

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Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by ekineme(m): 5:17am On May 05
WoundedLamb:
Was he cheating or not?

Meanwhile, see them above always quick to justify any shit from men. Imagine if the woman was the one jetting around with her ex here. It would have been "women! They can never be trusted". Sense of objectivity has been eroded by sexism.

You don't get the point, From the write up, you can deduce that ''Bill'' draws inspiration from that lady, though he loves his wife but the ideas, motivation and feeling of sharing your dreams with someone of ''like-minded'' can never be traded for anything.

Do they indulge in adultery? The write up didn't state that, so it's wrong to assume they did.

The wife is aware of this friendship, she is ok with it, The said lady was part of his greatness.

I hate it when people throw away years of friendship because they want to please a very insecure fellow.

For me the code is simple; respect and honor your wife and the holy matrimony but don't trade your friends for anything.

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Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by Mightyhaiz: 5:17am On May 05
No body holy..




A gentleman is that one whom his underdealings hasn't been found out and made public

Who would have ever thought...?

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Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by DWJOBScom(m): 5:29am On May 05
No evidence of cheating except spending quality and productive time with her.

Why marry someone when you cant spend time with them I have always known something was wrong looking at both of them. They were too busy taking different pictures all around the world alone and running the foundation.
Bill Gates never misses an opportunity to travel or spend time away from his house in a quiet resort or his expensive yacht *alone

So for those that want to marry super rich and cool , this is how some of them are o. You are called out for a good picture for a good magazine cover or Instagram page! and everyone would conclude you are happy happy and rocking

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Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by WoundedLamb: 5:33am On May 05
ekineme:


You don't get the point, From the write up, you can deduce that ''Bill'' draws inspiration from that lady, though he loves his wife but the ideas, motivation and feeling of sharing your dreams with someone of ''like-minded'' can never be traded for anything.

Do they indulge in adultery? The write up didn't state that, so it's wrong to assume they did.

The wife is aware of this friendship, she is ok with it, The said lady was part of his greatness.

I hate it when people throw away years of friendship because they want to please a very insecure fellow.

For me the code is simple; respect and honor your wife and the holy matrimony but don't trade your friends for anything.

The article didn't say if they cheated or not thus my first question. I also don't subscribe to the idea of people cutting off friends after marriage. But my comment is based on the fact this is a privilege only the men get to enjoy. If it were the woman who was jetting around with her ex, people won't be here talking about inspiration and stuff. She would have been labeled a cheat outrightly. In fact, a typical Nigerian man wouldn't even want his lady to have any male friend let alone spend quality time with an ex. We're only making these exceptions and remembering inspiration cause the spotlight is on the man.

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Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by kindlyheart: 5:40am On May 05
that's true love.

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Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by Karlovych: 5:43am On May 05
embarassedembarassed American marriages in a nutshell

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Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by Randy100: 5:44am On May 05
WoundedLamb:


The article didn't say if they cheated or not thus my first question. I also don't subscribe to the idea of people cutting off friends after marriage. But my comment is based on the fact this is a privilege only the men get to enjoy. If it were the woman who was jetting around with her ex, people won't be here talking about inspiration and stuff. She would have been labeled a cheat outrightly. In fact, a typical Nigerian man wouldn't even want his lady to have any male friend let alone spend quality time with an ex. We're only making these exceptions and remembering inspiration cause the spotlight is on the man.

It's a man's world, deal with it.

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Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by seunmsg(m): 5:54am On May 05
I won’t even be married if I’m as rich as Bill Gates. It’s a fucking abnormality for someone that rich to be tied to one lousy lady forever. What’s the point of having all the money if he can’t flex any lady that comes his way because of marital commitment?

I congratulate him on his freedom. Now, he can flex his money as much as he wants. grin grin tongue

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Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by NwaAmaikpe: 6:20am On May 05
shocked



Every ex is an extra to me.

But I must commend Bill Gates for staying true to his ex despite his fortune upgrade.
Unlike girls of nowadays, just because they're lucky enough to marry a guy that drives 'Camry spider' they'd stop picking the calls of their ex-boyfriends.

Those who know know that there are certain exes that come into our lives and remain there for a lifetime and there's Okafor's law to contend with by the way.

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Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by saphiere(f): 6:20am On May 05

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Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by sammyj: 6:20am On May 05
shocked shocked shocked shocked shocked Bill is not normal at all. How can a man go into 27years of arranged marriage if he is in his right senses !!!! lipsrsealed

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Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by samuelevans(m): 6:20am On May 05
ok
Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by nairalee(m): 6:21am On May 05
They seem to be soul mates but the pressure got to her cos she was ready to settle down earlier than Bill Gates.

Las Las its advisable to marry who/what your heart truly desire cos in the long run your heart will keep longing and running back to it

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Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by BruncleZuma: 6:21am On May 05
grin grin grin grin

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Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by Harddiskng(m): 6:22am On May 05
She said there was a “negotiation” then she went ahead to tell us what Bill gate got from it and failed to tell us what she got from it in turn lool.

Watch her fight frantically in the next few months, insinuating anything to demonize Bill Gate just to justify why she deserves half of his fortune; so one weekend getaway (once a year) is the problem after 27 yrs?

Bill should have just married Ann Winblad, sigh even that best of us make lifelong mistakes; it was clear she was his muse.

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Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by MANNABBQGRILLS: 6:22am On May 05
Dis tin call love, omo no be film trick

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Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by Brayss(m): 6:23am On May 05
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Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by Ishilove: 6:23am On May 05
grin

Na so.
Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by Businext: 6:23am On May 05
sad
Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by TemmyT002(m): 6:24am On May 05
Mtchewww
Stupid reporting.
Let us know what really caused their divorce... For research purposes. Not a story of many years ago that doesn't hold water.

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Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by naptu2: 6:24am On May 05
Ishilove:
grin

Journalists must make money.

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Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by wpadmin: 6:24am On May 05
Okay
Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by Eriokanmi: 6:25am On May 05
This life, what will be, will be. Melinda was like a case of passers-by, who watched a part of an event ( either substantial or little part of it) but couldn't wait to see the end of the event. The ex will most likely get the lion share of his wealth at a later date. Melinda's share could be much though, but would still be like a tip of the iceberg in the long run.

My sincere advice here is...guys please never despise your ex. Even if she still asks you for help after you're married and started a family life, do your best to help her, though there's nothing between you and her intimately...no strings attached. There some confirmed instances which matched Gates'

This also applies to ladies who parted ways with their ex due to some unavoidable reasons because...nobody knows tomorrow. That spouse you eventually settled with might actually not be better than your ex.

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Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by azraeljaheel(m): 6:25am On May 05
Re: Bill Gates Took Getaways With Ann Winblad After Marriage To Melinda by DjHypno(m): 6:26am On May 05
Seriously I blame that stupid Desmond Elliot for this. angry

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