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Bill and Melinda Gates divorce

Bill and Melinda Gates, the philanthropic power couple, declared their divorce on Monday.

“Over the last 27 years, we've raised three amazing children and built a foundation that works to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to live a safe, prosperous life,” the couple wrote on Twitter. “While we remain committed to the mission and will continue to work together to build the foundations, we no longer believe we will flourish as a couple in this next step of our lives.”

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's founders requested privacy "as we navigate this new life."

Bill and Melinda Gates in 2019
Bill and Melinda Gates in 2019

The couple has risen to prominence as global leaders in the battle against Covid-19, and their split is likely to send shockwaves across the worlds of philanthropy, public health, and commerce.

The divorce raises new concerns about the Gates fortune, the majority of which has not yet been donated to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Mr. Gates, who co-founded Microsoft, is one of the world's wealthiest individuals, estimated to be worth $124 billion by Forbes.

“After much consideration and work on our relationship, we have decided to end our marriage,” the couple said in a statement posted to Mr. Gates' Twitter account.