After 27 years if marriage, the once richest man in the world, Bill Gates has divorced his wife.
On Monday, 3rd April, the couple, Bill and Melinda Gates announced on social media that they are ending their marriage to go their separate ways.
Melinda Gates posted the announcement on her instagram handle.
Bill and Melinda French Gates met at a trade fair in New York and began dating in 1987, more than a decade after Bill Gates first founded Microsoft. The pair wed in 1994 , at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai in Hawaii.
In 1996, they welcomed their first child, Jennifer Katharine. That same year, Bill and Melinda Gates established the William H. Gates Foundation, which focuses on advancing global health using charitable donations from Microsoft.
They had their second child and first son, Rory John, in 1999. In 2002, their third child, Phoebe Adele, was born.
In 2000, the William H. Gates Foundation merged with another organization, the Gates Learning Foundation, to form the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Since 2000, the foundation has spent $53.8 billion and opened international offices all over the world to expand its outreach. In their statement, the couple said that the foundation would continue despite their separation.
In 2020, the foundation committed $1.75 billion to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, including to help with the development and distribution of tests, treatments and vaccines.