Microsoft founder and former CEO Bill Gates have announced that he and his wife Melinda Gates will not be able to continue their marriage. Announcing his social media account development, the US billionaire said they decided after a long thought process. He added that he and his wife will continue to work together in business.
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates end the marriage
Microsoft founder Bill Gates recently came under the spotlight for allegedly buying land in Turkey’s Thrace region. However, it turned out that these speculations did not reflect the truth. The 65-year-old billionaire hit the world headlines today with news of his departure on his Twitter account.
Bill Gates has announced his divorce from Melinda Gates, whom he has been married to for 27 years. Gates said that they raised three children during their marriage and mentioned their foundation to live a healthy life. Referring to the nonprofit “Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation”, which he founded in 2000, the US businessman said they would continue to work together there. But he said they can’t live their married lives.
The joint divorce decision was announced with the following statements:
“After much thought and effort on our relationship, we decided to end our marriage. In the last 27 years, we have raised three wonderful children and established a foundation that works all over the world to ensure that humanity lives a healthy and productive life. We will continue to share our faith in this mission and continue our work at the foundation together. However, we no longer believe that we can continue together as a couple in the next stage of our lives. We want privacy for our family in this new life.”
The Gates duo currently serves as co-chairs of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. According to Forbes magazine, Bill Gates is the fourth richest person in the world with a fortune of $124 billion. The divorced couple is also known to have a joint fortune of $45 billion at the foundation.
How did they get together?
Melinda Gates joined Microsoft, founded by Bill Gates, as a product manager in 1987. The two began working together in the same year and met one day at a business dinner in New York. Gates, who described the process in the Netflix documentary “Inside Bill’s Brain,” said they cared deeply about each other.
“There were only two possibilities: we were either going to break up or we were going to get married,” Bill said of their time as lovers, and in 1994 he and Melinda entered the world house. The Gates couple’s 27-year marriage ended today.
Bill Gates, who is also committed to philanthropy, resigned as Microsoft CEO last year.