Microsoft founder Bill Gates and wife Melinda split after 27 years

Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have announced that they are to divorce after 27 years of marriage.

The 65-year-old Microsoft founder announced the split on Twitter.

“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work, 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,” the couple said in a joint statement.

“We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue to 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 couple have three children; Jennifer, 25, Rory, 21, and Phoebe, 18.

They have amassed a fortune of US$127 billion.

Bill and Melinda got married on New Year’s Day in 1994, in a private ceremony in Hawaii.

In 2000, they launched the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with ambitious goals that included the reduction of extreme poverty around the world.

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