Bill and Melinda Gates divorcing after 27 years of marriage

Bill Gates, co-founder and former CEO of Microsoft, and his wife of 27 years, Melinda, announced Monday that they will be ending their marriage and filing for divorce. 

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“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,” read a statement posted to Bill Gates’s twitter account. 

“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 the next phase of our lives,” continues the statement. 
The couple began dating in 1987 and got married on January 1, 1994. 

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Bill Gates served as CEO of Microsoft from its founding in 1975 until 2000 but still owns a substantial portion of the trillion-dollar tech company. 

According to Forbes, Bill Gates is the fourth richest person in the world, with a net worth of $130.5 billion. 

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Beyond their business and technological success, the couple hope their legacy will be embodied in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a philanthropic organization the two founded in 2000. 

“We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life,” said the couple via twitter.

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