Internet Reacts To Bill Gates’ Divorce The Only Way It Knows How: Glorious Memes

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Late last night, news broke that Bill and Melinda Gates would be getting divorced after 27 years of marriage, which naturally led to the internet responding in the only way it knows how: by making memes and jokes.

Here is the official statement from Bill and Melinda Gates on the divorce, which was posted to Twitter:

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 build 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 contnue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives. We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.

Gates, 65-years-old, and Melinda French, 56-years-old, got married on the Hawaiian Island of Lanai on January 1, 1994. During their 27 years of marriage, the pair had three children together: Jennifer, Rory, and Phoebe. According to various reports, the couple did not sign a prenuptial agreement prior to their marriage. Gates currently has a net worth of over $129 billion, which makes him the fourth richest person on Earth behind Jeff Bezos, Bernard Arnault, and Elon Musk. He’s also only one of eight people on Earth to presently be worth at least $100 billion.

Naturally — as is the case every time Gates’ name is in the news — his fair share of detractors popped up to have their say on the divorce, largely mocking the fact that the couple is asking for “privacy”:

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