Bill and Melinda Gates announce divorce after 27 years of Marriage

Bill and Melinda Gates announced on Monday afternoon that they are ending their marriage after 27 years. 

The pair made the announcement together with identical messages shared on their Twitter accounts.
Melinda Gates also shared the news on Instagram. 

"After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage," read the statement. 

"Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and build a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives. 

"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," they said in a joint statement. 
 
"We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life." 

Bill and Melinda French Gates met in 1987, more than a decade after Bill Gates first founded Microsoft, when she was working as a product manager at the company. 

The pair wed in 1994, at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai in Hawaii.

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