Melinda and Bill Gates announce divorce after 27 years 1 week ago

Melinda and Bill Gates announce divorce after 27 years

The pair got married in 1994.

Yesterday, Bill and Melinda Gates announced that after 27 years of marriage, they are getting a divorce.

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In their statement, they confirmed that they would continue to work together on their philanthropic venture, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Bill Gates shared a joint statement from the couple on social media yesterday:

"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.

"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."

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Melinda married the Microsoft founder in 1994. Melinda had been working at the technology company when they met. With an estimated net worth of $130 billion, the couple were one of the wealthiest couples in the world. They have three children together: Jennifer, Rory and Phoebe.

The couple launched the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000. The foundation, which is the largest private foundation in the world, holds $46.8 billion in assets.

The main goal of the organisation is to enhance healthcare, reduce poverty and promote education around the world.

In 2008, Bill Gates stepped down from full-time work at Microsoft to devote more time to philanthropy.

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Last year, he left his board positions at both Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway to work solely on his philanthropic endeavors.