Bill Gates and Melinda Gates on Monday said that the two are divorcing. The Microsoft co-founder and his wife Melinda said that they would continue to work together at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest private charitable foundation.
The announcement comes in identical tweets, where they said they had made the decision to end their marriage of 27 years.
Billionaires Bill and Melinda Gates have decided to seek a divorce following 27 years of marriage, the couple said in a joint announcement that rocked the philanthropic world https://t.co/o8QHtS1JJr pic.twitter.com/bETfsuYM7p
— Reuters (@Reuters) May 4, 2021
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, they said in a statement. We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.
Bill Gates was formerly the worlds richest person and his fortune is estimated at well over $100 billion. How the couple end up settling their estate and any impact on the foundation will be closely watched, especially after another high-profile Seattle-area billionaire couple recently ended their marriage.
The Gates were married in 1994 in Hawaii. They met after she began working at Microsoft as a product manager in 1987.
In her 2019 memoir, The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates wrote about her childhood, life and private struggles as the wife of a public icon and stay-at-home mom with three kids. She won Bill Gates heart after meeting at a work dinner, sharing a mutual love of puzzles and beating him at a math game.
The sprawling Seattle-based Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the most influential private foundation in the world, with an endowment worth nearly $50 billion. It has focused on global health and development and U.S. education issues since incorporating in 2000.