After 27 years of Marriage, Bill Gates and Melinda Gates announced divorce
Microsoft founder Bill Gates and wife Melinda Gates announced divorce on Tuesday, after 27 years of marriage saying, “We no longer believe we can grow together as a couple.”
Bill Gate is the world’s fourth – richest person with a net worth of $130.5 billion.
The billionaire couple have three children and jointly run the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Organization has spent billions fighting causes such as infectious diseases and encouraging vaccinations in children.
The couple tweeted, “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. We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life. After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage.”
They first met in 1980s when Melinda joined Bill’s Microsoft firm. Melinda, now 56, joined Microsoft as a product manager in 1987, and the two sat together at a business dinner that year in New York.
They began dating, but as Bill told a Netflix documentary: “We cared a lot for each other and there were only two possibilities: either, we were going to break up or we were going to get married.” Melinda said she found Bill – methodical it seems even in matters of the heart – writing a list on a whiteboard with the “pros and the cons of getting married”.
They got married in 1994 on the Hawaiian island of Lanai.