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. 

“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. 

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. 

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.

Noah Pitcher is a global politics correspondent for Today News Africa covering the U.S. government, United Nations, African Union, and other actors involved in international developments, political controversies, and humanitarian issues.

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