Bill Gates, co-founder and former CEO of Microsoft, revealed that he and his wife, Melinda Gates, will be splitting up after 27 years.
The couple has three children, Jennifer, Phoebe, and Rory Gates.
The couple released a statement on Twitter, saying: “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,”
The tech mogul added that they “no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives,”
He noted that they had raised “three incredible children” and worked to help people all over the world.
Bill and Melinda met at Microsoft. She had been a marketing manager at the software company.
The two got married in Hawaii in 1994 after Bill Gates had weighed the pros and cons on a blackboard.
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BILL GATES EXPLAINS DECISION TO END MARRIAGE
After the world found out Bill and Melinda Gates were splitting up by Twitter, Bill explained how they came to their bombshell decision.
“Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable people to lead healthy, productive lives,” he wrote.
“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 AND MELINDA GATES SPLIT AFTER 27 YEARS OF MARRIAGE
Billionaire philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates announced their separation on Twitter earlier today, shocking the world after calling their 27-year marriage over.
The Microsoft co-founder, the world’s fourth richest man with a networth of $124 billion, posted the news to his Twitter account.
“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” read his tweet.
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