Bill and Melinda Gates filed for divorce after 27 years of marriage. They will, however, continue with their philanthropic work together. Couple’s The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the powerful and influential NGOs in global public health, spent over $50 bn in the last 20 years in the fight against poverty and disease. Bill (65) and Melinda 56) met after she joined Microsoft as a product manager. The couple married in Jan 1994 in Hawaii, after dating a few years.
Bill Gates has praised India’s policies for digital payments and said his foundation is working to roll out open-source tech modeled on the country’s implementation in other countries. He said those policies have reduced the cost and friction of distributing aid to the poor, especially during the pandemic. India, in the recent past, has built universal identification, world’s largest biometric database, and a system for sending rupees between banks or smartphone app.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates is unsure about Microsoft-TikTok likely deal. In an interview with the Wired, he called it a “poisoned chalice”. He also said that Trump’s decision to ban TikTok is “pretty bizarre”. Gates said that “being in the social media business is no simple game” and while he was happy with Microsoft stepping into it, he wasn’t too supportive of TikTok ban. He also said that govt asking for a cut in the sale of TikTok’s US operations is strange.