American billionaire, Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, have announced their divorce.
In a joint statement seen by Newsrand, the couple said their marriage of 27 years is now officially over.
“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage. 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. 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,” the statement read.
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The fourth richest man in the world met Melinda shortly after the latter joined Microsoft as a product manager in 1987 when they sat next to each other at a business dinner in New York City.
After about a year of dating, they came to a crossroads. “You know, we cared a lot for each other and t. were only two possibilities: either, we were going to break up or we were going to get married,” Bill said in a Netflix documentary.
″He had to make a decision,” Melinda said in the documentary series.
One day Melinda walked into Bill’s bedroom and he was making a list on a whiteboard: “his whiteboard had the pros and the cons of getting married,” Melinda said in the series, as she burst into laughter at the memory.
Prior to their divorce, Bill and Melinda were the richest, and among the world’s most influential, power couples.
The foundation that bears their names, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private charity in the world. Since its establishment, it has given away nearly $40 billion, so far.
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