One of the juicy tidbits coming out of Bill and Melinda Gates' upcoming divorce involves an annual vacation and an ex-girlfriend. According to Time magazine in a 1997 profile, Melinda was cool with Bill taking an annual trip with his ex, venture capitalist Ann Winblad.

From the Time profile (1997):

Even now, Gates has an arrangement with his wife that he and Winblad can keep one vacation tradition alive. Every spring, as they have for more than a decade, Gates spends a long weekend with Winblad at her beach cottage on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where they ride dune buggies, hang-glide and walk on the beach. “We can play putt-putt while discussing biotechnology,” Gates says. Winblad puts it more grandly. “We share our thoughts about the world and ourselves,” she says. “And we marvel about how, as two young overachievers, we began a great adventure on the fringes of a little-known industry and it landed us at the center of an amazing universe.”

This... seems weird. First of all, I want nothing to do with any of my exes. The last thing I would ever want to do is be subjected to their company for an annual weekend trip, what a nightmare.

At the same time, I respect the fact that Melinda was secure enough in their relationship to 'allow' Bill to take this trip where his ex (who apparently wanted to get married while Bill wasn't ready) and he can ride bikes and dune buggies or whatever.

What do you think? Would you be cool with your ex taking a vacation with their ex every year?

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