Bill and Melinda Gates announced Monday that they are ending their 27-year marriage.
“After a lot of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” they said in a joint statement. “Over the past 27 years, we have raised three amazing children and built a foundation that works around the world to enable everyone to lead healthy and productive lives.”
The statement added that they “no longer believe that we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.”
The couple founded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000, a private philanthropic organization that funds research and advocacy around the world, including in some of the world’s poorest countries.
The foundation has donated billions to support issues such as global health, development and education, as well as the fight against climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Bill Gates, who co-founded Microsoft in 1975 and served as its chief executive until 2000, stepped down from the company’s board last year and has since focused the majority of his efforts on philanthropy.
He still owns around 1.3% of Microsoft shares. His net worth is around $ 124 billion, according to Forbes.
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