Bill and Melinda Gates have announced that they are ending their marriage after 27 years.
In their social media posts on Monday from their personal accounts, and signed by the couple, the Gateses said that the decision came after a “great deal of thought and work.” But the Gateses no longer believe they can grow together as a couple in this “next phase” of their lives.
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 3, 2021
The Microsoft co-founder began dating Melinda French after she started at Microsoft in 1987. The two married on Jan. 1, 1994, and raised three children together.
— Melinda French Gates (@melindagates) May 3, 2021
The end of the Gates’s marriage comes a little more than two years after another Seattle billionaire, Jeff Bezos, announced that he and his then-wife MacKenzie would divorce. Bezos, the world’s wealthiest person, is chief executive of the e-commerce giant Amazon and the owner of The Washington Post. Their divorce settlement, a year later, set a record, giving MacKenzie an Amazon stake worth roughly $36 billion at the time.
We wish both of them a happy and prosperous life ahead!