Bill & Melinda Gates reunite 1 year after divorce at event for their foundation: Photos

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Assembled again! Bill and Melinda Gates were seen spending time together at their charity foundation’s Goalkeepers Global Awards in New York City on Wednesday (September 21). The former couple walked the red carpet and participated in a panel discussion, just over a year after their divorce was finalized in August 2021.

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Bill and Melinda participate in a panel discussion about the goalie awards. (SARA YENESEL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

The pair sat on either side of the stage for the panel but also posed for a photo with the Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Motley, who also participated in the discussion, for a joint photo on the red carpet before the show. The politician shared her photo with the billionaire philanthropists Instagram. Bill, 66, wore a dark suit while his ex-wife rocked a pink dress with a black belt.

Melinda, 58, revealed that she and her ex-husband were seeing each other for the first time since splitting earlier in September during an interview with Bloomberg on September 13. “We met for the first time with our board of trustees last week in person,” she told the outlet. “What I think everyone would tell you is that Bill and Melinda remain fully committed to this institution and to working effectively together. And that’s what we’re doing today.”

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The goalkeeper awards were held in person for the first time since 2020 (SARAH YENESEL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

The Gates Foundation event honored four different individuals with awards for their progress toward sustainable development. The awards were given to the founder of Every Infant Matters Radhika Batra, journalist and founder of Rukshana Media Zahra Joya, Ugandan climate justice activist Vanessa Nakate, and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, according to a press release.

Bill and Melinda announced they were separating after 27 years together in a statement in May 2021. Bill has been open about their time together and allegations that he cheated on his ex in interviews after the split. He looked positively on the relationship in an interview in May with London’s Sunday Times. “From my point of view, it was a great marriage. I wouldn’t change it,” he said.

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