Bill and Melinda Gates, who are among the top five richest people in the world, are divorcing after 27 years of marriage.
The duo said “we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple” in a statement. The couple established the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 in Seattle. The foundation focuses primarily on public health, education and climate change
“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 tweeted.
“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,” it read.
“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 the next phase of our lives.
“We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”