Weibo users are worried about everything from how the pair will share their big fortune to a divorce will affect Microsoft or their charitable foundation. Through their charities, the pair have spent $ 53.8 billion on global health care, poverty alleviation and other initiatives.Bill Gates is valued at about $ 146 billion according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, and both pledged. To hand over most of the assets to charities
“You and Melinda have made a lot of work for people all over the world, even if you are not holding hands in future life, I hope that your foundation will continue and help more people.”
; One Weibo user wrote in response to a post on Bill Gates’ official Weibo account declaring the divorce in Chinese.
While Bill Gates no longer runs Microsoft, the company has spent decades building goodwill with Beijing.Its products have had a large presence in China, although other Western tech companies have been shut down. partition
While Facebook (FB) For example, Microsoft’s LinkedIn remains one of the few Western social media tools available on the mainland. The Bing search engine is still working while Google has been cut for years.
And the success of the business has made Bill Gates alluring: he now has over 4.1 million followers on Weibo, more than 1.7 million Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Apple chief Tim Cook, 1.4 million.
Even the tech figures in China joined the conversation on Weibo: Kai-fu Lee, the former head of Google (GOOGL) China, which helped establish Microsoft Research Lab Asia, a hugely influential network in China, said it was difficult for him to believe the news.
Microsoft Research Lab Asia’s Beijing-based research lab has cultivated a number of Chinese technology capabilities, including Bytedance founder Zhang Yiming. Alibaba (Baba) Chief Technology Officer Wang Jian and former Baidu (Start) President Zhang Yakin
Bill and Melinda are “The most affectionate couple I have ever seen among eminent entrepreneurs,” Lee wrote. In a Weibo post
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation established an office in Beijing in 2007 and has since worked with the Chinese government on a number of domestic projects, from HIV intervention to poverty reduction.
Bill Gates himself has visited China more than ten times since 1990. And fostering friendly relationships with senior leaders He was greeted by former Chinese President Jiang Zemin in March 1994, before China officially gained access to the Internet.
At that time, China was keen to open up its economy and catch up with the West in technology. The journey between Gates promised Jiang that Microsoft would help China develop the software industry, helping Microsoft accelerate its expansion in the Chinese market.
In 2006, Gates hosted the former Chinese President Hu Jintao dinner at his home in Washington state.
And last year, China’s President Xi Jinping wrote a letter to Gates thanking Gates for their support in the fight against COVID-19.
Gates have also been regarded as It is a “old friend of the Chinese people” from the 2018 rule of the Communist Party of China, a name that the party occasionally uses for foreigners who also acknowledge deep friendship.
Meanwhile, on social media, some anxious Chinese users have even noted that divorce has shaken their marriage beliefs. They have been married for 27 years.
“Even if you’re divorced,” one person wrote to Bill Gates on Weibo, “How can the rest of us have any hope of getting into a marriage?”