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Bill Gates, Melinda Gates announce divorce

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UNSPECIFIED LOCATION - APRIL 18: In this screengrab, (L-R) Melinda Gates and Bill Gates speak during
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Microsoft power couple Bill and Melinda Gates will get a divorce after 27 years of marriage.

The couple announced the decision in a joint statement to Twitter on Monday US time. 

“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the pair said in a joint statement today.

“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 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.

“We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”

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The Gates’ got married on New Year’s Day in 1994 and have three children together, Jennifer, Phoebe and Rory.

Bill Gates, who co-founded Microsoft in 1975, is reportedly worth US$130.5 billion (AU$168.5 billion).

The couple together founded the world's biggest charitable foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has funnelled US$53.8 billion (AU$69.30 billion) into the fight against COVID-19, among other charitable causes since 2000. 

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