Bill and Melinda Gates are divorcing after 27 years of marriage, the couple said in a joint statement on Monday.
“After a lot of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we made the decision to end our marriage. Over the past 27 years, we have raised three amazing children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy and productive lives, “the declaration mentionned.
“We continue to share our conviction in this mission and we will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer think we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our life. We ask for space and privacy for our family. we are starting to navigate this new life. “
Bill Gates, 65, who co-founded Microsoft in 1975, is the fourth richest man in the world and has a net worth of $ 130.5 billion, according to Forbes. Last March, he left his post on the Microsoft board to focus solely on his work with the foundation.
Bill and Melinda Gates, 56, met in 1987 while working at Microsoft. Melinda, who was 24 at the time, had just startedas marketing manager. Bill was 31 and was the CEO. They married in 1994 and a year later Bill became the richest man in the world.
In 2000, they created the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a philanthropic organization that spent $ 53.8 billion in its fight against “poverty, disease and inequality in the world, according to the foundation’s website. The charity, considered one of the world’s largest, hasover $ 1.75 billion to fight COVID-19.
“There is no national solution to a global crisis,” they said in an earlier statement on the foundation’s website. “All countries must work together to end the pandemic and start rebuilding economies.”
In a statement Monday evening, the foundation said Bill and Melinda would remain co-chairs and directors and that no changes in their roles were planned. “They will continue to work together to shape and endorse the foundation’s strategies, advocate for foundation issues and set the overall direction of the organization,” the statement said.