Bill and Melinda Gates are getting divorced after 27 years of marriage, the couple announced in a joint statement on Monday.
“After much 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 around the world to enable all people to live a healthy, productive life, ”the statement said.
“We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together on 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. “
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Bill and Melinda Gates, 56, met in 1987 while working at Microsoft. Melinda, who was 24 at the time, had just begunas marketing manager. Bill was 31 and CEO. They married in 1994, and a year later, Bill became the richest man in the world.
In 2000, they started the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a philanthropic organization that, according to the foundation’s website, has spent $ 53.8 billion in its fight against “poverty, disease and inequality around the world. The charity is considered one of the world’s largest , havemore than 1.75 billion. dollars to combat COVID-19.
“There is no such thing as a national solution to a global crisis,” they said in an earlier statement on the fund’s website. “All countries must work together to end the pandemic and begin rebuilding economies.”
In a statement late Monday, the foundation said Bill and Melinda would remain chairmen and trustees and no changes are planned in their roles. “They will continue to work together to shape and approve foundation strategies, advocate for the fund’s issues and determine the organization’s overall direction,” the statement said.