Melinda gates allowed Bill to spend one long weekend a year with his ex-girlfriend according to an article published in 1997

According to a Time Magazine published in 1997 profiling Bill Gates, it revealed that he and Melinda had an agreement that he could spend a weekend each year with his ex-girlfriend.

Bill dated his ex- sweetheart Ann Winblad, a venture capitalist and software entrepreneur in the 80’s and broke up in 1987. However both remained close even after their relationship ended.

Bill and Melinda announce to end their 27 years of marriage on Monday.

The article by Isaacson also revealed that Bill Gates called his ex-girlfriend Winblad to ask for her approval before tying knot with Melinda.

NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 12: Bill and Melinda Gates in the CBS Toyota Greenroom before their appearance on CBS THIS MORNING, Feb 12, 2019. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)

“I said she’d be a good match for him because she had intellectual stamina,” Winblat told Isaacson according to Business Insider.

“We share our thoughts about the world and ourselves,” she said.

“We can play putt-putt while discussing biotechnology,” Bill Gates told Time Magazine.

Business Insider confirmed that it is not clear how long the Melinda-Bill agreement lasted.

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