Bill and Melinda Gates announce divorce after 27 years of marriage

Bill and Melinda Gates

Bill and Melinda Gates have announced that they are ending their marriage after 27 years in a touching statement posted to Twitter. They made this announcement today, May 3, from their personal accounts

The couple met in 1987 after Melinda became a product manager at Microsoft and were seated next to each other at a business dinner in New York City. They were married in 1994 in Hawaii.

Their statement read: “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship we have made the decision to end our marriage.

Bill and Melinda Gates meet with women in Jamsaut village in Bihar, India.

“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 this lives.

“We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”

The couple have three kids; Jennifer, 25, Rory, 21, and Phoebe, 18. Melinda, 56, is nine years younger than Bill.

Throughout the pandemic their foundation has focused on the development and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines around the world.

Shortly after their 25th wedding anniversary in 2019, Melinda told The Sunday Times that Bill struggled with balancing work with family.

She said: “We’ve just gotten to a point in life where Bill and I can both laugh about more things.

“And, believe me, I can remember some days that were so incredibly hard in our marriage where you thought, ‘Can I do this?”

Melinda said Bill was even hesitant to get married in the first place, adding: “When he was having trouble making the decision about getting married, he was incredibly clear that it was not about me, it was about “Can I get the balance right between work and family life?”

The Gates Foundation, founded in 1994, has more than 1,600 employees, and has issued grant payments of more than $54.8 billion, according to the foundation’s web site.

Gates, 65, is No. 4 on The Forbes Billionaires list. with $124 billion, behind Jeff Bezos ($177 billion), Elon Musk ($157 billion), Bernard Arnault & Family ($150 billion)… and ahead of Mark Zuckerberg ($97 billion).

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