Bill Gates took weekend trips to see ex-girlfriend while married to Melinda

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In an interview that has resurfaced in light of Bill and Melinda Gates announcing their divorce, the Microsoft founder said that he and his ex-girlfriend would take yearly weekend trips to the beach in North Carolina even while married.

“We can play putt-putt while discussing biotechnology,” he said of his friendship with Ann Winblad, fellow software entrepreneur, in a 2001 interview with Time.

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The outlet reported that the trips would include dune buggy rides, hang gliding, and walks on the beach.

The pair broke up in 1987.

“When I was off on my own thinking about marrying Melinda,” Gates said, “I called Ann and asked for her approval.”

Winblad added: “I said she’d be a good match for him because she had intellectual stamina.”

Bill and Melinda announced on Monday that they would be ending their marriage.

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“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the couple said in a statement posted to Twitter, adding that “we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in the next phase of our lives.”

They vowed, however, to continue the work of their charitable organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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