Bill, Melinda Gates part ways after 27-year marriage

One of the world’s richest men, Bill Gates, and his wife, Melinda, on Monday, announced that they had made a decision to end their 27-year marriage.

The couple made the announcement in a joint statement on their verified Twitter handle.

The post reads, “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made a decision to end our marriage. 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 the next phase of our lives.” According to CNN, Bill, 65 and Melinda, 56, met at Microsoft which Bill Gates founded.

Melinda started as a product manager, the only woman in the first class of MBA graduates to join Microsoft, and eventually rose through the ranks to become the general manager of information products.

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They started dating in 1987 after meeting at a New York trade show.

The couple got married on January 1, 1994 in Hawaii; Melinda left the company in 1996 to focus on starting their family.

The Gates’ net worth is estimated at more than $130bn

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