Bill and Melinda Gates Announce Divorce After 27 Years of Marriage

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda sit during an interview in New York February 22, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates — who is worth an estimated $130 billion — and his wife, Melinda, are getting a divorce after 27 years of marriage, the couple announced Monday in a joint statement.

“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.”

It’s unclear if the couple have a prenuptial agreement but the New York Times in 1997 wrote they “are reported to have one.”

Bill Gates, one of the wealthiest men in the world, made his fortune as the co-founder of Microsoft — a venture he started in 1975, about 20 years before he tied the knot with Melinda.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Gabrielle Fonrouge

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