Microsoft founder, Bill Gates and Philanthropist Melinda Gates have issued a joint statement on Twitter announcing their divorce.
The duo announced their decision to split after being married for 27 years, saying “we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple”.
Bill and Melinda met when Melinda, now 56, joined Microsoft as a product manager in 1987, and the two sat together at a business dinner that year in New York.
They began dating, but as Bill told a Netflix documentary: “We cared a lot for each other and there were only two possibilities: either, we were going to break up or we were going to get married.” They got married in 1994 and raised 3 children.
The couple established the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 with a primary focus on public health, education, and climate change. Its grants included some $1.75bn to vaccine initiatives and research during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Story: Ene Ken-Yawe
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