Multi-Billionaire Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates of many years are getting a divorce.
Indeed you read the title correctly. The news about the philanthropic power couple separating has shocked the entire world. After living as a husband and wife for over twenty-seven years, Bill and Melinda Gates are calling quits to their marriage.
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates have been married for twenty-seven years. Photo Source: People
The business tycoon tweeted a post on his Twitter which 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 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."
Reportedly, Melinda filed a petition for divorce in King County, Washington, on Monday. So far, no financial settlement in the divorce has been revealed.
The Microsoft co-founder first met his other half at Microsoft in the late 1980s. At that time, Bill was CEO and she was just starting to work as a product manager.
After getting to know one another at a business dinner in New York, they began dating and subsequently walked down the aisle in 1994. The couple shares two daughters, Phoebe Adele Gates, Jennifer Katherine Gates, and a son Rory John Gates.
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates have three kids. Showbiz Cheat Sheet
In 2000, Bill 65, and Melinda 56, founded the Bill and Melinda Foundation to expand their philanthropic works. Till now, the foundation has donated or spent over $50 billion for the betterment of health care, expand educational opportunities, and reduction of extreme poverty across the globe.
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates will continue to work through their foundation. Photo Source: Christian Science Monitor
According to Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Mr. Gates is currently the fourth richest person in the World with a net worth of $146 billion as of this writing.
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