Bill Gates and wife Melinda announce their separation.
Billionaire and software magnate Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have decided to part ways after almost 3 decades of marriage.
The American billionaire who is on the first 10 list of the world’s richest people posted on his social media handle twitter a few hours ago.
The cause of the breakup is not readily available as he pleaded for privacy for himself and his former wife.
“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the statement reads.
The couple founded their philanthropic organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, together in 2000. Since then, the foundation has spent $53.8 billion on a wide range of initiatives related to global health, poverty alleviation and more, according to its website.
They had been married for 27 years with three children.
Bill, 65, and Melinda Gates, 56, met at Microsoft in 1987 — which Bill Gates founded and was, at the time, running as CEO. She started as a product manager as the only woman in the first class of MBA graduates to join the company, and eventually rose through the ranks to become general manager of information products.
The couple married in Hawaii in 1994.
Over the past year, the Gates, through their foundation, have been involved in the fight against Covid-19 and the effort to develop treatments and vaccines, and equitably distribute them around the world.
As of December, the group had committed a total of $1.75 billion to the global pandemic response.
The organisation has also spent billions of dollars fighting causes such as infectious diseases and encouraging vaccinations in children.
In February 2021, the 65 year old Bill Gates reported estimated net worth was 137 billion USD.