Bill and Melinda Gates announced on Monday afternoon that they are ending their marriage after 27 years.
The two made the announcement simultaneously 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,” continued the statement. “We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”
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