On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and wife Melinda Gates announced their divorce. The couple’s divorce has piqued the interest of many in Bill’s past relationships. Find out where is Bill Gates’ ex-girlfriend Ann Winblad now?

Both Bill and Melinda took to their Twitter to break the news to their followers.

The joint statement read, “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage.” The pair also announced in their joint statement, “We continue to share a belief in
that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.”

The news of Bill and Melinda’s divorce shocked many social media users. Others are curious about Bill’s past relationship with Ann before his marriage to Melinda.

Where is Bill Gates’ ex-girlfriend Ann Winblad now?

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Before Bill and Melinda tied the knot in 1994, the tech giant had dated Ann, who was another prominent personality in the tech world.

Ann is currently a Venture Capitalist, Developer and a Businesswoman.

According to her LinkedIn profile, she is a founding partner at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners (HWVP), which is a venture firm focused on software investing. Ann’s company is also one of the leading investors in enterprise software companies.

Their past investments include, the investments in Omniture, Hyperion, Powersoft, Wind River, NetPerceptions, Intrinsa, and etc.

Ann who is 70 years old now, is currently also the Director at Optimine Software Inc, located in the Greater Minneapolis area. OptiMine Software is an optimization platform. It helps digital advertisers to increase the display and paid search financial performance.

Aside from her lucrative financial ventures, Ann is also involved in philanthropy like her ex Bill. She is the trustee of Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation.

The foundation, established in 2004, focuses on providing good education to children in local communities. It also provides families with resources to provide good life to their children.

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When did Ann Winblad and Bill Gates start dating?

Venture Capitalist Ann has been at the helm of many startups in Silicon Valley. The businesswoman has over 40 years of experience in the tech industry.

Many describe her as the first female programmer in the modern tech industry.

After building her first company Open Systems Inc. successfully, Ann became one of the early investors in Microsoft in the 1980s.

However, she hopped on board not just as an investor but also as Bill’s girlfriend. It is unclear how long the two dated. But their friendship and the business partnership continued long after the romance ended.

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