“Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that enables people all over the world to live healthy, productive lives. We continue to share a faith in that mission and continue to work together at the Foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives. They sought “space and privacy” for their family as they embarked on a new life.
Fifty-six-year-old Melinda Gates joined Microsoft.com in 1987 as a product manager. She and Bill Gates were married in 1994 on the Hawaiian island of Lanai.
The couple jointly ran the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has long funded the fight against Covid-19, climate change and advocating for women’s rights.
A spokesman for the foundation said in a statement that the couple would be co-chairs and trustees of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
“There are no plans to change their role or organization,” the statement said. “They will continue to work together to shape and approve the Foundation’s strategy, advocate for the Foundation’s issues and determine the overall direction of the organization.”
Gates’ divorce comes almost two years after another high-profile couple, Mackenzie and Jeff Bezos, decided to separate. After 25 years of marriage, they divorced in July 2019.