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Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have announced their divorce.

In a joint statement issued on Monday, May 3 via the Twitter handle of Bill Gates, the couple announced they’ve made a decision to end their marriage, saying, “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.”

Bill Gates and Melinda began dating in 1987 after meeting at a New York trade show, and she’d go on to work in marketing for Microsoft and be appointed as General Manager of Information Products in the early ’90s.

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The couple wed on January 1, 1994, in Hawaii and Melinda left the company in 1996 to focus on starting their family.

Bill Gates and Melinda have 3 adult children — Jennifer, Rory, and Phoebe — and reside in their huge, earth-sheltered family mansion, dubbed Xanadu 2.0, overlooking Lake Washington in Medina, WA.

Along with being mega-rich, the couple is widely known for their philanthropic efforts ever since launching the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000.

It was estimated in 2014 that they had donated $28 billion to the foundation, a number that’s only skyrocketed in recent years.

For instance, the Gates Foundation made a contribution of $250 million in late 2020 to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s unclear if their split will lead to the end of the largest private foundation in the world.

The Gates’ net worth is estimated at more than $130 billion.

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