The 65-year-old Microsoft founder and his 56-year-old wife announced the split on Twitter in joint statement announced the split via Bill’s Twitter account, saying;
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.
– Melinda Gates and Bill Gates
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 3, 2021
Bill and Melinda began dating in 1987 after meeting at a New York trade show, and she went on to work in marketing for Microsoft and be appointed as General Manager of Information Products in the early ’90s.
Bill and Melinda have 3 adult children — Jennifer, 25, Rory, 21, and Phoebe, 18, and reside in their huge, earth-sheltered family mansion, dubbed Xanadu 2.0, overlooking Lake Washington in Medina, WA.Along with being mega rich, the 2 are widely known for their philanthropic efforts ever since launching Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000. It was estimated in 2014 that they had donated $28billion to the foundation, a number that’s only skyrocketed in recent years.
For instance, Gates Foundation made a contribution of $250 million in late 2020 to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Gates‘ net worth is estimated at more than $130 billion.