Bill Gates and Melinda Gates have announced that after 27 years in marriage, they can no longer grow as a couple. They are, therefore, headed for divorce.
The pair took to Twitter and posted saying they have thought this through for a while now and have made the decision to end their marriage.
The two first met in 1980 after Melinda joined Bill’s Microsoft firm. They got married in 1994, on a Hawaiian island of Lanai, reportedly hiring up all the local helicopters to stop unwanted guests from fluking the party.
In their time together, the couple has had three children and they jointly run the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The organization has spent billions fighting causes such as infectious diseases as well as encouraging vaccinations in children.
The Bill & Melinda Foundation, together with investor Warren Buffet are behind the Giving Pledge. This calls on billionaires to commit to giving away the majority of their wealth to good causes.
Bill Gates is currently the fourth wealthiest man in the world, according to Forbes. He has a standing Net worth of $124 billion. He amassed his billions through the biggest software company he co-founded in the 1970s, Microsoft.
The pair both posted the announcement on their Twitter handles.
‘’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 to work together at the foundation. But we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in the next phase of our lives,’’ the post read.
They further asked for space and privacy for their family as they begin to navigate this new life.
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