Bill Gates and Melinda Gates one of the world’s richest couples who run multiple philanthropic projects are divorcing.
The two have been married for 27 years.
Taking to their Twitter accounts, the couple announced the divorce news stating that they made the decision after “a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship”.
“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” they wrote. Bill Gates, the co-founder of the software giant Microsoft, has an estimated net worth of $130.5 billion, ranking him fourth on Forbes’ list of the world’s wealthiest people.
The will however, continue working together 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.
According to Melinda Gates’s divorce filing, obtained by the gossip website TMZ, the couple signed a separation contract. She is not requesting spousal support. Her filing called the marriage “irretrievably broken.” Bill Gates filed a joinder, meaning he supports the dissolution of the marriage.
The couple met at Microsoft, where Melinda worked developing multimedia products for the company.
They married in 1994 on the Hawaiian island of Lanai. Melinda left Microsoft in 1996.
The couple have three children.