Bill and Melinda Gates announce divorce after 27 years of marriage

Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife and fellow philanthropist Melinda announced on Monday that they are divorcing after a 27-year marriage.

The announcement from one of the world’s richest couples, with an estimated net worth of about $ 130 billion, was made in a joint statement on Twitter.

“After much thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” they said.

The statement said they would continue their joint work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the massive charity that funds programs in global health, gender equality, education and other causes.

“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 the next phase of life.”

The announcement comes two years after the divorce between Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, another of the world’s richest people, and his wife MacKenzie.

Bill Gates, 65, was a nerdy teenager when he started what would become the world’s most valuable company and was for a time the world’s richest man and most prominent philanthropist.

He resigned as Microsoft CEO in 2008 to devote more time to philanthropy and later left the board, retaining only the title of “Founder and Technology Advisor.”

Melinda Gates, 56, married her husband in 1994 while working for the technology company. They have three children together.

(AFP)

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