American power couple, Bill Gates and Melinda Gates announce divorce.
The Microsoft founder and his philanthropic wife who have been married for 27years are heading for a split.
Bill Gates who is worth an estimated $130billion, is one of the richest men in the world.
The couple who share 3 kids together announce their separation through a joint statement on their joint Twitter page. According to them, they don’t see themselves growing old together anymore. The influential couple revealed that they would still continue to work together on their foundation ‘Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’ which focuses on global health, gender equality, education and others.
Their split comes has a shock to many who couldn’t fathom why the couple who are already old couldn’t make things work out between them.
Their joint statement reads:
“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage”
Over the last 27years, 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 continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow old together as a couple in this next phase of our lives”.
We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life”.
The couple who are aged 65 and 56, got married in 1994 and are blessed with three incredible children – Rory John Gates, Jennifer Katharine Gates and Phoebe Adele Gates.
According to their divorced paper filed on May 3 to the King County Superior Count, Melinda Gates is the petitioner while her husband is the respondent. The couple cited irretrievable broken union as the cause of their divorce. They also revealed that they have been separated for a while now.
See the court papers below,
Their first daughter, Jennifer Gates, took to her social media account hours later after their divorce announcement to release a statement describing their divorce as a challenging stretch of time which needs so much privacy.
She pleaded for privacy as the family navigate through their new chapter.
She wrote via her Instagram:
“Hi friends by now many of you have heard tge news that my parents are separating.
It’s been a challenging stretch of time for the whole family. I’m still learning how to best support my own process and emotions as well as my family members at this time and am grateful for the space to do so. I won’t personally comment further on anything around the separation. But please know that your kind words and support means the world to me.
Thank you for understanding our desire for privacy while we navigate the next phases of our lives. With live and respect,
Bill Gates Joins his fellow billionaire in the divorce club. Recall that 2 years ago, Jeff Bezos and his wife Mackenzie headed to court after his wife filed for divorce from him. She made headlines with the billions she carted away from her divorce settlement and was listed among Forbes female billionaires.
We wonder how much Melinda Gates will be getting too.