The couple, while announcing their split on Twitter, said they would continue their joint work on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
On Monday, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife and fellow philanthropist Melinda announced that they have decided get divorced after 27 years of marriage. The decision by the couple has shaken the philanthropy world.
With a joint fortune estimated at $130 billion, one of the world’s wealthiest couples have so far channelled billions into charitable work around the globe via their hugely influential foundation.
The couple, while announcing their split on Twitter, said they would continue their joint work on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which funds programs in global health, gender equality, education and other causes.
In a joint statement, posted on each of their official accounts, the couple said: “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage.”
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 3, 2021
“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 wrote.
“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.”
Without offering any details about the split, the statement further said: We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”