“After a lot of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we made the decision to end our marriage,” the statement said.
The couple founded their philanthropic organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, together in 2000. Since then, the foundation has spent $ 53.8 billion on a wide range of initiatives related to global health, reducing blood pressure. poverty and more, according to its website.
“We raised three amazing children and built a foundation that works around the world to enable everyone to lead healthy and productive lives,” the statement said. “We continue to share our conviction in this mission and we will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe that we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our life.
Bill and Melinda Gates met in 1987 at Microsoft – which Bill Gates founded and was, at the time, CEO. She worked as a product manager as part of the first batch of MBA graduates to join the company and eventually rose through the ranks to become general manager of information products.
The couple married in Hawaii in 1994.
Over the past year, the Gates, through their foundation, have been involved in the fight against Covid-19 and the effort to develop and distribute vaccines around the world. As of December, the group pledged a total of $ 1.75 billion for the global response to the pandemic.
The foundation did not immediately return a request for comment from CNN Business.
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