Melinda Gates and Bill Gates announced divorce after 27 years.
Melinda Gates and Bill Gates recently took to social media as they both announced that they will split up after 27 years of marriage.
In a statement posted on Bill Gates’ Twitter account, Melinda and Bill said that they have made the decision to end their marriage after a great deal of thought and a lot of work on their relationship.
Melinda and Bill also shared that over the last 27 years, they have raised three incredible children and also built a foundation that worked all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy and 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 this next phase of our lives. We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life,” Melinda and Bill said in a statement
The said decision reflected a personal change at the top of American business.
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Bill led Microsoft as the chief executive officer (CEO) from its founding with Paul Allen in 1975 until 2000, leaving Steve Ballmer to run Microsoft, while Bill became the chairman and a chief software architect.
Last 2008, Bill gave up his day-to-day role at Microsoft in order for him to spend more of his time on the non-profit Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
It was last year when he stepped down from Microsoft’s board as the coronavirus became a force around the world. He started spending more time on the foundation alongside Melinda and the two were co-chairs and trustees of their foundation, which launched in 2000.
According to Forbes, Bill was the fourth richest person in the world, behind Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, LVMH’s Bernard Arnault, and Tesla’s Elon Musk.
The said announcement came two years after Jeff Bezos said that he and his wife were getting divorced.