Multi billionaire and Microsoft founder Bill Gates has announced their divorce that ends their 27 year old marriage with wife Melinda.
In his Twitter post that he announced an hour ago, Bill Gates did not state any reason for the divorce but however emphasised that they will continue their philanthropic work together as Bill and Melinda foundation
“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the pair said in a joint statement posted on Twitter on Monday..
“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 said.” added the statement.
The two had 3 children together, Jennifer, 25, Rory, 21, and Phoebe, 18.
The Gates Foundation was one of the earliest and biggest funders of research into vaccines and treatments for coronavirus. Bill has said he is prepared to spend billions on preventing the spread of the virus. “It’ll be a few billion dollars we’ll waste on manufacturing for the constructs that don’t get picked because something else is better,” he said. “But a few billion in this, the situation we’re in, where there’s trillions of dollars … being lost economically, it is worth it.
Melinda, 56, has in the past said their marriage has been “incredibly hard”, saying that Bill, 65, regularly works 16-hour days and can find it hard to make time for the family.
“Believe me, I can remember some days that were so incredibly hard in our marriage where you thought, ‘Can I do this?’” she said in an interview with the Sunday Times in 2019 to mark their 25th anniversary.