Bill Gates and Melinda Gates are getting divorced after 27 years.
In a message on the Microsoft founder’s Twitter account, the couple said they made the decision after “a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship”.
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“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.”
Despite the end of their marriage, Gates said the pair would continue to collaborate on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
“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,” read the statement.
Melinda Gates posted on Facebook on Monday, May 3.
The couple, who married on a golf course on the Hawaiian island of Lanai 27 years ago, have three children together – Jennifer, Rory and Phoebe.
At age 31 in 1987, Gates was already the youngest billionaire ever, several years before he got married.
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He became the world’s richest man in 1995 at the age of 39 with a fortune of £12.9bn (9.2bn) – with his company Microsoft introducing Internet Explorer to the world later that year.
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