After 27 years of marriage, the co-founder of Microsoft Bill Gates and Melinda Gates announced their divorce on Tuesday. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the pair command an estimated $146 billion.
The duo made no public hint about financial plans. However, they emphasized that they will cooperate on their philanthropy.
Melinda Gates and Bill Gates said in a statement: “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,” they added.
The duo further said that “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 for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”
The 65-year-old co-founder of Microsoft Corp., Bill Gates, is the world’s fourth-richest person.
Melinda Gates is a former Microsoft manager who’s known for co-running the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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