Melinda, meanwhile, has devoted more attention to Pivotal Ventures, her own investment company, set up to promote social issues and gender equality. With her wealth being separated from Gates, she may now have the firepower to pursue that goal more aggressively.
Viewing what the Gates Foundation has been doing has always irritated me. There’re vast efforts to write sponsored pieces – often appearing in The Guardian and the like – about wimmins empowerment and the like. Huge sums of money spent on all that guff. Rather than things which might actually make a difference like getting that malaria vaccine right.
OK, so I’m a patriarchal gammon and all that but wimmins empowerment is a result of economic development, not a cause of it. It’s only once an economy moves away from human and animal power as the only form of energy, once fertility drops so that a woman can spend an adulthood doing something other than lactate and change nappies, that this wimmins liberation is even possible. Given that the economic liberation of women is highly desirable this then gives us what we need to do – develop the economy so that the liberation is possible. It’s when it’s all indoor work no heavy lifting that the desired equal opportunity becomes possible.
I’ve long regarded that Melinda influence at the Foundation as being pernicious that is.
Sadly, the divorce seems to leave her as in half-charge there even as the rest of the cash gets split. Pity.