Bill and Melinda Gates are getting divorced

Bill and Melinda Gates are getting divorced

After 27 years of marriage the co-founder of Microsoft Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates announced that they are getting a divorce. Bill Gates, who has a net worth estimated at $130 billion, will trump the previous divorce of Jeff Bezos as the wealthiest separation. Bezos’ net worth was estimated at $38 billion back at the time when he announced his divorce from his ex-wife Mackenzie Scott.

Bill and Melinda Gates with their children

“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” a statement from the billionaire philanthropist couple, tweeted from both of their personal Twitter accounts at 4:30 p.m. EST, reads.

“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 statement goes on.

“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.”

They will remain as co-chairs and trustees of the Bill and Melinda Foundation.