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Zhe ‘Shelly’ Wang: Gates Foundation translator denies splitting up Bill, Melinda’s marriage

A translator working for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Zhe “Shelly” Wang, who was rumoured to be at the centre of the billionaire couple’s break up, has denied the claims.

Taking to her social media pages, Wang has worked for the foundation since March 2015, vehemently denied the rumours stating that she only has business relationships with Bill and Melinda.

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Wang shared her message through Weibo, a Chinese social media site.

“I thought that the rumours would go away by themselves, but I did not expect the rumours to become more and more crazily spread. How many books can I read, so why spend time on the unfounded rumours?” she posed.

According to the interpretor, a faction wants to pull her down using Bill and Melinda’s divorce.

Wang, apart from working with gates foundation has worked for the Monterey Institute of International Studies in September 2012 and worked on several TED Conferences.

Wang joined TED Conferences as an interpreter in April 2013, and was promoted to overseer a team interpreting TED events into Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish.

Days ago Bill and Melinda announced they will be divorcing stating they made the decision after “a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship”.

“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage.

“Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives.”

Despite the end of their marriage, Gates said the pair would continue to collaborate on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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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. We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life,” read the statement.

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