Bill Gates, Melinda Gates decide to ‘end marriage,’ according to social media postings

(2005) The Good Samaritans -- Represented by Bono and Bill and Melinda Gates (pictured)
(2005) The Good Samaritans -- Represented by Bono and Bill and Melinda Gates (pictured) (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

HOUSTON – Bill and Melinda Gates said Monday that they are divorcing.

The Microsoft co-founder and his wife said they would continue to work together at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest private charitable foundation.

In identical tweets, they said they had made the decision to end their marriage of 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,” they said in a statement. “We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”

Bill Gates was formerly the world’s richest person and his fortune is estimated at well over $100 billion. How the couple end up settling their estate and any impact on the foundation will be closely watched, especially after another high-profile Seattle-area billionaire couple recently ended their marriage.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos finalized their divorce in 2019. MacKenzie Scott has since remarried and now focuses on her own philanthropy after receiving a 4% stake in Amazon, worth more than $36 billion.