By Kimberly Chin


Microsoft Corp. Co-Founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, are divorcing after 27 years of marriage.

"After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage," Mr. and Ms. Gates shared on both their personal Twitter accounts on Monday. They will continue to work together through their foundation.

The pair started the nonprofit Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000, for which they are both co-chairs and trustees.

Mr. Gates stepped down from the board of Microsoft last year to focus more on his philanthropic efforts. In 2008, he began scaling back his involvement in the day-to-day operations of the company.

He founded Microsoft in 1975 with his childhood friend Paul Allen.

The couple got married in 1994 and have three children.


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May 03, 2021 17:26 ET (21:26 GMT)

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