By Emmanuel Okogba
Bill Gates said in a tweet Monday that he and his wife, Melinda Gates, will be separated after 27 years.
“After thinking a lot and working hard on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage. Over the past 27 years, we have raised three amazing children and built a foundation that works around the world to enable all people to lead healthy and productive lives. We continue to share our belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe that 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. “Bill and Melinda Gates wrote in a statement that Bill Gates tweeted.
The couple met in 1987, shortly after Melinda joined Microsoft. Melinda recalled, in a 2019 Netflix documentary, how she found Bill compiling a list of the pros and cons of marriage on a blackboard before proposing to him.
Financial Times reports that, depending on the terms of any divorce settlement, Melinda Gates could immediately rival Jeff Bezos’s ex-wife Scott MacKenzie, whose fortune Forbes estimates at $ 60 billion, for her influence in the world of philanthropy. own right.
The two will continue to work together on philanthropic efforts, which have addressed education, gender equality and healthcare.
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