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Bill and Melinda Gates: inside the split that shocked the world

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News of Bill and Melinda Gates' divorce sent shockwaves around the world. (Photo: GALLO IMAGES/ GETTY IMAGES)
News of Bill and Melinda Gates' divorce sent shockwaves around the world. (Photo: GALLO IMAGES/ GETTY IMAGES)

When they got married, a simple wedding gift from her parents would become one of her most treasured possessions.

It was a sculpture of two little birds sitting side by side staring at the horizon, and she put it in the front garden of her home so she could see it whenever she came and went.

“Those birds are still in front of our house,” she wrote in 2018 in her and her husband’s annual newsletter. “I think of it all the time, because fundamentally Bill and I are looking in the same direction.”

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