SEATTLE: Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife and fellow philanthropist Melinda announced on Monday (May 3) that they were divorcing after 27 years of marriage.
One of the world’s wealthiest couples, with an estimated net worth of US $ 130 billion, was made in a joint statement on Twitter.
In a statement posted on the Twitter account of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, the two said, “After much thought on our relationship and a lot of work on our relationship, we have decided to end our marriage.”
The Microsoft co-founder and his wife, who launched the world’s largest charitable foundation, said they would continue to work together at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
He said in a statement, “We continue to share a faith in that mission and will continue our work together, but we are no longer confident that we can grow as a couple in the next phase of our lives . “
“We have produced three incredible children and built a foundation that works around the world so that all people can lead healthy, productive lives.
“We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”
The financial details of the decision were not immediately clear.
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The couple’s vast Seattle-based foundation is the most influential private base in the world, with approximately US $ 50 billion in endowments. It has focused on global health and development and American education issues since its inclusion in 2000.
In her 2019 memoir, The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates wrote about her childhood, life and personal struggles as a public icon’s wife and stay-at-home mom with three children. He won Gates’ heart after meeting at work dinner, sharing a mutual love of riddles and beating him in a math game.
The couple were married in 1994 in Hawaii. He met in 1987 after working as a product manager at Microsoft.
Last year, the world’s richest man, Bill Gates, said he was stepping down from Microsoft’s board to focus on philanthropy.
Gates was the CEO of Microsoft until 2000, and has since slowly withdrawn his involvement in the company he started with Paul Allen in 1975. He stepped out of a day role at Microsoft in 2008 and served as chairman of the board until 2014. .
In recent years, Bill Gates has distanced himself from Microsoft and the tech industry instead of speaking out about poverty and health initiatives and the coronavirus epidemic.
Last year, the Foundation pledged some US $ 250 million to help fight the pandemic, with some funds for the delivery of life-saving doses of COVID-19 vaccines in Sub-Saharan Africa and parts of South Asia The channel was created.
Gates, who had been warning in early 2015 about the potential dangers of a global pandemic, became the target of conspiracy theorists, who claimed they were already aware of COVID-19.
Gates would be the second high-profile Seattle-area billionaire couple to end their marriage in recent years.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and McKenzie Bezos finalized their divorce in 2019. McKenzie Scott remarried and now focuses on her own philanthropy. It received a 4 percent stake in Amazon, valued at over US $ 36 billion.