Billionaire Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have announced in a joint statement that they have made the decision to end their marriage.
The Microsoft co-founder and his wife, who launched the world’s largest charitable foundation, said they would continue to work together at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
In identical tweets, they said they had made the decision to end their marriage of 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 two said in a statement posted by Bill Gates’ Twitter account on Monday.
“We no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in the next phase of our lives.
“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.
“We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life,” their short and sharp statement said.
Last year, Bill Gates, formerly the world’s richest person, said he was stepping down from Microsoft’s board to focus on philanthropy.
Gates was Microsoft’s CEO until 2000 and since then has gradually scaled back his involvement in the company he started with Paul Allen in 1975. He transitioned out of a day-to-day role in Microsoft in 2008 and served as chairman of the board until 2014.