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Bill Gates, Melinda announce divorce after 27 years of marriage

Bill Gates and Melinda have announced they are getting divorced, ending their marriage of 27 years.

In a joint statement shared on their official Twitter handles, Bill and Melinda Gates said: “We no longer believe we can grow together as a couple”, adding, “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage.”

Bill Gates and Melinda French met in the late 1980s after she joined the company he co-founded, Microsoft, and later got married in 1994.

The billionaire couple have three children together and have jointly been running the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which finances programmes globally in health, gender equality, education among others.

In their joint statement, they said they will continue with their joint work on the foundation.