Their statement read, “After a lot of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we made the decision to end our marriage.
“Over the past 27 years, we have raised three amazing children and built a foundation that works around the world to enable everyone to lead healthy and productive lives.
“We continue to share a belief in this mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe that we can grow together as a couple in the next phase of this life.
“We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life. “
The couple have three children; Jennifer, 25, Rory, 21, and Phoebe, 18. Melinda, 56, is nine years younger than Bill.
Throughout the pandemic, their foundation has focused on developing and distributing COVID-19 vaccines around the world.
Shortly after their 25th wedding anniversary in 2019, Melinda told the Sunday Times that Bill was struggling to balance work and family.
She said, “We’ve just come to a point in life where Bill and I can laugh about more things.
“And believe me, I remember some days that were so incredibly hard in our marriage where you were like, ‘Can I do this?
Melinda said Bill was hesitant to even get married in the first place, adding, “When he was struggling to make the decision to get married, it was incredibly clear that it wasn’t about me, it was about” Then- I find the right balance between work and family life? ”
Last month, Bill Gates urged the UK to reverse massive cuts in foreign aid, warning of the “critical importance” of providing vaccines to the world’s poorest.
The Microsoft founder added his voice to criticism of the Conservatives’ decision to tear apart their overt commitment to spend 0.7% of gross national income on overseas aid, reducing it to 0.5%.
Some 200 UK charities have signed a joint statement saying cuts to the foreign aid budget were a “tragic blow” to many of the world’s most at-risk communities.
Foreign Minister Dominic Raab has been criticized for sneaking out a statement on the aid budget on Wednesday evening.
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Mr Gates said the UK had played a key role in supporting Gavi – the international vaccine alliance – but that would be in jeopardy unless aid spending was fully restored.
“The sooner the UK can bring its aid level down to 0.7%, the better,” he told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday.