Bill and Melinda Gates to divorce after 27 years of marriage

Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, and his wife Melinda have announced they are ending their marriage after 27 years.

“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the couple said in a joint statement on Monday.

The couple have ploughed a considerable amount of their wealth into the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has sought to enhance healthcare and reduce poverty around the world.

The pair said they “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”.

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