May 17, 2022

The couple Bill and Melinda Gates have announced on Monday that they are going separate ways after 27 years of being married. 

In a Twitter post, the Microsoft co-founder and his wife released an identical statement that they had made the decision to end their marriage:

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

Melinda officially filed for divorce in King County, Washington late Monday afternoon. She stated that the marriage between them is irretrievably broken. It did not mention when the couple had actually separated. The couple has three adult children – daughters Jennifer Katharine, 25 and Phoebe Adele, 18, and son Rory John, 21.

Bill Gates’ fortune is estimated to be over $100 billion while Melinda is around $70 billion. The couple was married in Hawaii in 1994 without any prenuptial agreement.  The couple met in 1987 when Bill was working as a product manager for Microsoft. According to Melinda’s petition, the couple will divide their assets according to a separation agreement, adding that spousal support is not needed. The terms of their divorce agreement are not known at the moment.

“Bill and I are equal partners. Men and women should be equal at work,” Melinda Gates said to The Associated Press in an interview in 2019.

Despite the decision, they will keep working together at one of the largest charitable foundations in the world, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

“Bill and Melinda will remain co-chairs and trustees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. No changes to their roles or the organization are planned. They will continue to work together to shape and approve foundation strategies, advocate for the foundation’s issues, and set the organization’s overall direction,” the organization said in a statement.