Co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda says they will continue to work together at their foundation.
Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, and his wife have announced they are ending their marriage after 27 years.
“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage”.
The couple have ploughed a substantial amount of their wealth into the Bill Gates and Melinda Foundation, which has sought to enhance healthcare and reduce poverty around the world.
Their foundation is one of the leading philanthropic entity in the world and playing a leading role in private responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Although they said the divorce would not affect the work of their foundation, however, the world is still in shock of what could be the future for their foundation.
The couple have invested much of their estimated $124bn fortune into the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which over responsibility is to enhance healthcare and reduce poverty around the world.
“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the couple said in a statement on Monday.
The pair said they “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”.
In a separate statement, the foundation said the couple would “remain co-chairs and trustees” and that “no changes to their roles or the organisation are planned”
According to Forbes, the couple’s wealth is around $124bn and lists Bill Gates as the world’s fourth-richest person, after Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Tesla’s Elon Musk and Bernard Arnault, founder of the Louis Vuitton conglomerate.
The separation comes two years after Bezos’s divorce from MacKenzie Scott, which raised questions over the fate of the Amazon founder’s significant voting stake in his technology company.