Billionaire Microsoft founder Mr Gates and his wife, Melinda, are set to get divorced after 27 years. Announcing the news online, the couple said they made the decision after "a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship,” but will continue to “work together” on their foundation. Mr Gates, the fourth richest man in the world, married Melinda in January 1994, but stated that “we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives”.
The 65-year-old is surpassed in wealth by only a handful of people in the world, including Mr Musk, but the pair have not always seen eye-to-eye.
They have both helped in the fight against COVID-19, with Mr Gates pledging $10million (£7.21million) via the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Musk redirecting Tesla resources to source and produce ventilators and teaming up with the German biotech firm CureVac – of which Mr Gates is an investor.
Since last March, Mr Musk has appeared to downplay the severity of the virus, criticised stay-at-home orders and seemed to question death data.
In an interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box" last July, Mr Gates appeared to question his involvement.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Elon Musk appeared ruffled by comments by Mr Gates (Image: GETTY)
Bill and Melinda Gates have announced they are getting divorced (Image: GETTY)
He said: "Elon's positioning is to maintain a high level of outrageous comments.
"He's not much involved in vaccines. He makes a great electric car. And his rockets work well. So he's allowed to say these things.
“I hope he doesn't confuse areas he's not involved in too much."
And that seemed to ruffle Mr Musk,