BREAKING NEWS: Bill and Melinda Gates are divorcing after 27 years

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, 65, to divorce Melinda, 56, after 27 years of marriage: Couple worth $124bn announce split in joint Twitter post and say they ‘can no longer grow together’

  • Gates, 65, announced on Twitter on Monday that he and his 56-year-old wife were divorcing
  • The pair have been married since 1994; they share 3 kids and a $124billion fortune
  • Gates founded Microsoft in 1975 and made his first billion dollars in 1987 at the age of 31 
  • He met Melinda in New York that same year and deliberated whether or not they should get married
  • She has told in the past how he struggles separating work from family 
  • It remains unclear if the pair had a prenuptial agreement in place when they got married in the 1990s  

Bill Gates, the fourth richest man in the world with a fortune of $124billion, and his wife Melinda are divorcing after 27 years of marriage. 

The 65-year-old Microsoft founder and his 56-year-old wife announced the split on Twitter. 

They both posted the same joint statement which read: ‘After a great deal of thought and a lot of work, we have made the decision to end our marriage. 

‘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. We continue to share a belief in tat mission and will continue to 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.’ 

The couple have three kids; Jennifer, 25, Rory, 21, and Phoebe, 18.  

It comes less than two weeks after they made their last public appearance, virtually, at a COVID event for healthcare workers. 

Gates was already a billionaire when the pair got married in the early 1990s. He founded Microsoft in 1975 and became the world’s youngest billionaire in 1987 at the age of 31. He also met Melinda that year. 

They married six years later but he deliberated over it and, according to previous interviews given by Melinda, even made a list of pros and cons for marriage on a whiteboard.   

The 65-year-old Microsoft founder and his 56-year-old wife announced the split on Twitter. They both posted the same joint statement

The couple are pictured with their three kids in a 2019 family photo. The kids  – Jennifer (center), Rory (right) and Phoebe (left) are now aged 25, 21 and 18

The pair are pictured during a Zoom appearance on April 19 at One World: Together At Home, a broadcast special to support healthcare workers 

The divorce, though one of the most expensive in history, is not the most expensive. 

That title goes to Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder who split his $150billion fortune with his wife MacKenzie in 2019 after his affair with Lauren Sanchez was revealed.

Gates co-founded Microsoft in 1975, almost 20 years before he married Melinda. The company made $1million in sales by 1978 and by 1987, he had become the world’s youngest ever billionaire. He met Melinda that year. They are pictured in 1998

They, unlike Bezos, are both part of The Giving Pledge – a collection of the world’s richest people who have all vowed to devote at least half of their fortunes to charity. 

Over the last year, their foundation – The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – has focused on the development and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines around the world. 

In 2019, shortly after their 25th wedding anniversary, Melinda, in a rare interview, told The Sunday Times that Bill struggled with balancing work with family. 

‘We’ve just gotten to a point in life where Bill and I can both laugh about more things. 

‘And, believe me, I can remember some days that were so incredibly hard in our marriage where you thought, ‘Can I do this?’” she said. 

She said he was even hesitant to get married in the first place. 

‘When he was having trouble making the decision about getting married, he was incredibly clear that it was not about me, it was about “Can I get the balance right between work and family life?”‘ she said. 

She also has told how he once listed the pros and cons of marriage on a whiteboard. 

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