Together, Melinda and Bill Gates were one of the most philanthropic and richest couples in the world. After divorce, they will be two of the wealthiest individuals in the world.
With years of philanthropic involvement under her belt, Melinda has become something of a philanthropic icon. And her split from Bill Gates opens a new chapter for providing opportunities.
“I am certain of her ability to have an impact,” manager and founder of Merian Ventures, Alexsis de Raadt St. James, told USA Today. “It may be particularly the most significant thing to follow in philanthropy because her impact is so irregularly powerful.”
Melinda Gates has concentrated on several areas of giving in the decades that could point to what we might presume from her in the coming years.
Supporting and empowering women is paramount to Melinda Gates. She followed that interest in 2015 and created her own incubation and investment company, Pivotal Ventures.
“After Bill and I opened our foundation, I began spending time with women around the globe and gaining a much larger understanding of the influence of structural inequality on girl’s and women’s lives,” Melinda wrote on Twitter.
In June 2020, Melinda Gates partnered with MacKenzie Scott (Jeff Bezos’ ex-wife) to launch the Equality Can’t-Wait Challenge. The initiative will give $30 million to the firms the best ideas for expanding women’s influence and power in the United States by 2030. Ten contenders have been chosen, and the winner will be declared this summer.