Melinda French Gates Leaves Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Pursue Independent Philanthropy

Melinda French Gates announces departure from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation after nearly 25 years.

  • Melinda French Gates announces departure from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation after nearly 25 years.
  • French Gates emphasizes the importance of setting her own agenda in philanthropy.
  • She pledges $1 billion to support women and families globally, with a focus on reproductive rights.

Melinda French Gates is stepping away from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the organization she co-founded with her ex-husband Bill Gates nearly 25 years ago. In a New York Times op-ed, she emphasizes the importance of setting her own agenda in philanthropy, citing the need to pursue a more independent path.

French Gates’ departure comes after her earlier decision to step down as co-chair of the foundation. Despite the couple’s initial commitment to continuing their work together post-divorce, French Gates has opted to launch her own philanthropic venture, pledging $1 billion to support women and families globally. This includes a $20 million grant-making fund aimed at individuals like Jacinda Ardern, Allyson Felix, and Ava DuVernay, who champion various causes.