Bill and Melinda Gates have declared openly their splitting after surviving 27 years of marriage, tweeted, “We no longer believe we can grow together as a couple”.
Co-founder and former CEO of Microsoft Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda French Gates, announced on Twitter on Monday that they will end their marriage after 27 years of being together.
Although the two will still be jointly responsible for philanthropic efforts, which have been linked to education, gender equality and health care.
“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship we have decided to end our marriage, Bill released a heartfelt statement on Twitter
“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.”
Bill Gates, who resigned from Microsoft’s board due to the coronavirus threats raging all around the world, shifted his attention to the foundation alongside Melinda Gates of which both are co-chairs and trustees of the foundation, which started in 2000.
Bill and Melinda first met, the 1980s when Melinda was enlisted in Bill’s Microsoft firm as a product manager. They are blessed with three children and both govern the affairs of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Bill Gates is currently the fourth wealthiest man in the world, according to Forbes, and he worths $124bn (£89bn)