Bill and Melinda Gates have announced that they are ending their marriage after 27 years.
In tweets on Monday from their personal accounts, and signed by the couple, the Gateses said that the decision came after a “great deal of thought and work.” But the Gateses no longer believe they can grow together as a couple in this “next phase” of their lives.
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 3, 2021
The Microsoft co-founder met Melinda French after she started at Microsoft in 1987. The two married on Jan. 1, 1994, and raised three children together.
The couple’s focus turned to philanthropy, global health and education with the start of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000. Headquartered in Seattle and co-chaired by the couple, the foundation has grown to become the world’s largest charitable foundation, with 1,600 employees and $54.8 billion issued in total grant payments since inception.
The divorce is the second high-profile split among Seattle’s rich and powerful tech leaders in recent years. Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos announced in January 2019 that they were splitting after 25 years of marriage. MacKenzie Scott, now the ex-wife of the Amazon CEO, married Seattle school teacher Dan Jewett earlier this year.
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