It seems to be the news of the moment. Bill and Melinda Gates are ending their marriage after 27 years, the pair announced in a statement on Twitter. “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 says. “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.” Melinda Gates filed a petition for divorce in King County, Washington, on Monday. The billionaire philanthropist couple apparently did not have a prenuptial agreement, court documents reveal. The pair met after Melinda began working at Microsoft as a product manager in 1987. The couple married in Hawaii in 1994. They have three adult children: Jennifer, 25, Rory, 21, and Phoebe, 19. The Gates fortune is estimated at well over $100 billion.
“Bill and Melinda will remain co-chairs and trustees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” the organization said in a statement. Over the past year, the Gates, through their foundation, have been involved in the fight against Covid-19 and the effort to develop treatments and vaccines. In March 2020, Bill Gates stepped down from the boards of Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway to “dedicate more time to his philanthropic priorities,” including work to tackle climate change. “We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life,” the pair said in their statement Monday.