BREAKING NEWS: Bill Gates Splits With Wife, $160B Divorce
Billionaires Bill Gates and Melinda Gates have split with the couple announcing they are divorcing overnight.
the couple said in a joint statement that they have made the decision to end their marriage after 27 years of marriage. The couple have three children, Bill Gates said the decision was made “after a great deal of thought and a lot of work” on their relationship.
The founder of Microsoft Gates and his wife are worth over A$160 Billion.
The couple formed the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, both spouses are co-chairmen, and each is a trustee, as is Warren Buffett.
The foundation has more than 1600 employees and has paid out more than $US54 billion ($70 billion) in grants since its inception two decades ago.
The announcement was tweeted from both of their personal Twitter accounts at 4:30 p.m. EST in Seattle USA where they live.
“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.”
Bill Gates, one of the wealthiest men in the world and worth a reported $130 billion, 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.
The two started dating in 1987 after meeting at a trade show in New York before getting married on New Year’s Day in 1994 in Hawaii, TMZ reported.
Melinda Gates briefly worked for the company in their marketing department before she was appointed as General Manager of Information Products in the early 1990s, TMZ reported.
She left the company in 1996 so she could focus on starting a family.
In 2000, the couple started the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and have since donated about $50 billion to charity for initiatives across the globe.