Bill and Melinda Gates Announce They’re Getting a Divorce
Billionaire businessman, Bill Gates has announced that he and his wife Melinda Gates will be getting a divorce after 27 years of marriage.
The pair both posted the statement announcing their divorce on Twitter.
“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,” it read.
“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 our lives.
“We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”
They first met in the 1980s when Melinda joined Bill’s Microsoft firm.
Bill Gates is the fourth wealthiest person in the world, according to Forbes, and is worth $124bn (£89bn).
He made his money through the firm he co-founded in the 1970s, Microsoft, the world’s biggest software company.
The couple established the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 in Seattle
The foundation focuses primarily on public health, education and climate change
The marriage produced three children, Rory John Gates, Jennifer Katharine Gates, Phoebe Adele Gates and jointly run the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.