Jennifer Gates, the eldest daughter of Bill and Melinda Gates, has been talking about parental divorce.
In a statement shared for her Instagram story on Monday, Jennifer, 25, addressed her “friends”.
“Now many of you have heard the news that my parents are divorcing. It has been a challenging period for our entire family,” Jennifer’s statement begins.
“I’m still learning how to best support my own process and feelings as well as family members at this time, and I’m grateful for the space to do so. I will not personally comment further on the separation, but please know that your kind words and support mean the world to me, ”she continued.
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Jennifer also thanked readers for having “understood”
In addition, Bill and Melinda’s daughter shared the same joint statement they released earlier in the day, confirming their split after 27 years of marriage.
The former couple said their divorce decision came after a “great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship.”
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“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 healthy, productive lives,” reads a tweet from the former couple.
“We continue to share faith in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation,” it added.
Gates and Melinda have a historical history together and began their decades-long relationship in 1987 after crossing paths at a dinner during a trade convention in New York when Melinda was hired as product manager at Microsoft.
“There were two chairs open … I sat down. The next chair was empty. Ten minutes later Bill came in and sat down next to me,” Melinda recalled in the 2019 interview during an episode of “The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-peer conversations. “
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In the 2019 Netflix documentary series, “Inside Bill’s Brain,” Melinda recalled when the centibillionaire listed her pros and cons of marriage on a blackboard.
″ He had to make a decision, “she said with a laugh. She added that Gates” wanted to get married, but he did not know if he could actually commit to it and [run] Microsoft. “
“Somehow to our surprise, certainly my surprise, we said, ‘Hi, I love you.’ And she said she loved me, and then it was like, ‘Wow, and what’s going to happen now?’ “He said, adding, ‘You know we were very interested in each other, and there were only two options: either, we were going to break up or we were going to get married.’
They now exer tied the knot on January 1, 1994 in Hawaii.
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During their 27 years as husband and wife, Gates would welcome three children: Jennifer, Rory, 21, and Phoebe, 18, and would also start their broadly philanthropic Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000.
The couple currently share a net worth of more than $ 130 billion, though it is still unclear how their asset dissolution will be handled or if the technical honcho will exercise a Jeff Bezos approach to his divorce and hire a quick termination with a big check to Melinda.
Fox News’ Julius Young contributed to this report.