Bill Gates and Melinda Gates will be end their marriage after 27 years (Picture: Getty Images)
Bill and Melinda Gates announced on Twitter on Monday afternoon that they are getting divorced after 27 years together.
The Microsoft co-founder and his wife wrote that they ‘raised three incredible children’ and ‘built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives’, referring to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
‘We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation,’ the billionaire philanthropists stated, ‘But we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.’
They asked for ‘space and privacy’ as they begin to navigate the next chapters of their lives.
Bill earned his riches after founding Microsoft, the world’s largest software company, in 1975, about two decades before he married Melinda. He is the fourth wealthiest individual in the globe, with an estimated net worth of $124billion, according to Forbes.
He and Melinda met at a trade show in New York and began dating in 1987. Their wedding was on New Year’s Day in 1994 in Hawaii.
Melinda had a brief stint in Microsoft’s marketing department before being promoted to General Manager of Information Products in the early 1990s. She departed Microsoft in 1996 as she and Bill started a family.
The couple started the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 and it was reported to be the biggest private foundation in the world in 2019. The foundation has donated about $50billion to charity organizations around the world.
Bill and Melinda’s separation shocked the philanthropy, business and public health sectors.
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