Bill Gates, co-founder and former CEO of Microsoft, said in a tweet on Monday that he and his wife, Melinda Gates, will be splitting up after 27 years.
Bill Gates, the third-richest man in the world, announced on Monday that he and his wife Melinda “have made the decision” to end their marriage.
The American business magnate and co-founder of Microsoft said they “no longer believe” that they can grow as a couple.
“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” Bill and Melinda Gates wrote in a statement that Bill Gates tweeted out.
“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.”
Despite the end of their marriage, Gates said they would continue to collaborate on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The pair have also invested vast sums of money in the search for a coronavirus vaccine and have donated to COVID-19 treatment research.
The Gates’ have three children together.
See Bill Gates tweet below;
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 3, 2021
The announcement comes two years after Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, said he and his wife, MacKenzie, were getting divorced. Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos are among the world’s richest people, and Amazon and Microsoft compete in the cloud computing business. Amazon said earlier this year that Bezos would be stepping down from his post as CEO and that cloud chief Andy Jassy would replace him.
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