- After 27 years of marriage, Bill and Melinda Gates will divorce.
- The pair command an estimated $146 billion (more than R2 trillion), according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
- They emphasised that they will cooperate on continuing their philanthropy.
Bill and Melinda Gates, who for decades have overseen one of history’s greatest fortunes and philanthropic operations, said they plan to divorce.
The announcement Monday that the couple is splitting after 27 years of marriage has the power to ripple through the technology industry, a vast portfolio of business and real estate holdings and into the realms of global health, climate change policy and social issues including equality for women.
The pair, who command an estimated $146 billion (more than R2 trillion), according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, made no hint of their financial plans, though they emphasised that they will cooperate on continuing their philanthropy.
“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 brief statement posted on Twitter. “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.”
Bill Gates, the 65-year-old co-founder of Microsoft Corp., ranks as the world’s fourth-richest person. Melinda Gates, 56, is a former Microsoft manager who’s gained international prominence co-running the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It’s already given away more than $50 billion.