It's no secret that marriage takes a lot of work. A marriage is a partnership - it's two people coming together and choosing each other every single day. That sounds hard and daunting - but also rewarding.
There are a ton of books, blogs, and websites about sustaining a healthy marriage. There are therapy sessions and communication tools and, and, and. It can feel overwhelming. How does anybody have a long-lasting, healthy, love-filled marriage? Especially in 2019, when distraction is perhaps at its peak. It was probably easier to give your spouse attention when you both didn't have smartphones and social media.
Marriage takes work, no matter who you are. For instance, even if you're one of the richest couples in the entire world, you still have to find ways to make your relationship work. There are certain things in a marriage that need to be prioritized.
Billionaires Bill and Melinda Gates have a very particular secret to keeping their marriage working, and it's a lot simpler than you might think. Keep reading to find out what exactly it is...
Bill Gates is one of the most famous men in the entire word.
via: Getty ImagesHe is a co-founder of Microsoft, which launched him into billionaire status. His wealth is insane.
When people talk about wealthy men, they often reference Bill Gates.
via: Getty ImagesThe 63-year-old is worth roughly $100 billion. The man is an absolute genius and a brainiac.
He's very famous and very rich.
via: Getty ImagesGates made first place on the Forbes World's Billionaires list for a whopping 12 years in a row. Gates has been a billionaire since his early 30s.
Microsoft changed everything.
via: Getty ImagesGates was an innovator of technology from a very early age. He started building computers when he was just 13-years-old.
While still a student, Gates founded his first company.
via: Getty ImagesThe company was called Traf-O-Data. Its purpose was to analyze local traffic patterns.
Gates is a Harvard dropout.
via: Getty ImagesIt's hard to believe someone as smart as Gates would ever drop out of school, but that's exactly what he did. He left Harvard in 1975 and co-founded Microsoft.
Gates served as the President of Microsoft from 1977 to 1982.
via: Getty ImagesGates became the youngest United States billionaire in 1987. He lost that title, however, to Mark Zuckerberg in 2010.
Not only is Gates a tech wizard and billionaire, but he's also a knight.
via: Getty ImagesBecause why stop at just being the richest man alive? In 2005, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
Gates is known for more than just making tons and tons of money.
via: Getty ImagesHe's also known for his philanthropic ventures. He has done a ton of charity and foundation work.
Along with his wife, Melinda Gates, he runs the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
via: Getty ImagesGates has been married to Melinda since 1994. They met back in 1987 when Melinda became a Microsoft product manager.
25 years of marriage is a long time.
via: Getty ImagesSo how do they keep their marriage working? They make sure their marriage is an equal partnership.
An equal balance is key in a marriage.
via: Getty ImagesEspecially since the Gates' run the largest charity in the entire world. Their foundation's primary focus is to end poverty.
The two of them put their ridiculous amount of money to good use.
via: Getty ImagesThe foundation was launched back in 2000 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
via: Getty ImagesBoth Melinda and Bill have wildly busy schedules. Between work for their foundation, speaking engagements, and the fact that Melinda just wrote a book, they still make it a priority to do things together.
Even like the simple task of washing dishes.Melinda spoke to Business Insider about how the fact that the two wash dishes together actually points to a bigger, more important idea in marriage.
The act of washing dishes seems very simple.But in the context of marriage, it's a beautiful symbol of equal partnership.
Even though doing housework together may seem boring, it's actually very important for a marriage.
via: Getty ImagesUnpaid housework typically falls on women. Melinda explained how sharing housework (like washing dishes) is actually key to helping solve gender inequality, improving the overall economy and improving poverty.
Melinda spoke about how this traditional housework usually falls on a woman's shoulders.
via: Getty ImagesMelinda explained that on average, women spend about seven more years doing "unpaid" housework than men do. That doesn't sound very fair, does it?
Divvying up housework has many benefits.
via: Getty ImagesMelinda explained that if women lower the unpaid housework they do every week from seven hours to five hours, their productivity is increased by 20%.
Sharing chores as a family and in a marriage can help strengthen the family unit.
via: Getty ImagesIt makes you look back on the chore chart you had as a child and think maybe your parents were onto something, right?