The couple, who started the world’s largest charitable foundation, said they would continue to work together at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation, launched in 2000, currently has assets of more than US $ 51 billion, according to a tax file cited by CNBC. In identical tweets, they said they made the decision to end their 27-year marriage. The financial details of the decision were not immediately clear.
“We have raised three amazing children and built a foundation that works around the world to enable everyone to lead healthy and productive lives,” they said in a statement. “We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life. “
Last year, Bill Gates, formerly the richest person in the world, said he was stepping down from Microsoft’s board to focus on philanthropy.
He was CEO of Microsoft until 2000 and since then has gradually reduced his involvement in the company he co-founded with Paul Allen in 1975. He left his daily duties at Microsoft in 2008 and served as president from the administration board. until 2014.