Microsoft’s Corp. Co-founder, Bill Gates and his wife Melinda French Gates recently made it known that they will be getting a divorce after twenty- seven years. The couple on Monday, filed for a divorce in King County. They made the announcement in a tweet that read,
“ After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the 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 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 from our family as we begin to navigate this new life ”.
The couple who jointly possess an estimated $146 billion made it known that they will continue to work together on philanthropy, although without giving the public a clue as to how they intend to split their wealth. This was reiterated in a statement released by a spokesperson of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that read,
“No changes to their roles or the organization are planned. They will continue to work together to shape and approve foundation strategies, advocate for the foundation’s issues, and set the organization’s overall direction”.
Bill and Melinda Gates got married in 1994 on the Hawaiian Island of Lanai, and have since worked and partnered together in building a number of companies as well as the notable Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.