The couple tied the knot in 1994 after they met each other at Microsoft.
Billionaire couple, Bill Gates and wife Melinda called it quits after 27 years of being with each other. The couple announced their divorce to the world with a joint statement on Twitter on May 3, 2021.
"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 27 years, 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," said the two, alluding to the Bill & Melinda Foundation founded in 2000.
NEW: Bill and Melinda Gates have announced they're getting a divorce.— Vox (@voxdotcom) May 3, 2021
The Gates family has a net worth approaching $150 billion, and their separation could set records for the largest divorce settlement to date. https://t.co/ofqSLOMoq2
They continued, "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 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," according to People.
As per the court documents, Melinda claimed that their marriage "is irretrievably broken." She added that she did not require any spousal support. Also, the petition filed in King County, Washington, showed that the couple did not have a prenuptial agreement. Instead, the couple will decide their assets as per a separation agreement. "We ask the court to dissolve our marriage and find that our marital community ended on the date stated in our separation contract," stated the 56-year-old in her petition.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and wife Melinda are divorcing after 27 years.— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) May 3, 2021
They will continue to co-chair the Gates Foundation. https://t.co/SjW3n6nl6k
The couple is scheduled to appear in court in April 2022. Their Alternative Dispute Resolution date, on the other hand, is confirmed to be in March 2022. A reviewal of the case is scheduled for September, as per People.
The power couple met each other when Microsoft was just a start-up. The couple who eventually fell in love tied the knot in 1994. They went on to have three kids Rory John, 21, and daughters Phoebe Adele, 18, and Jennifer Katharine, 25.
Photos of #BillGates & #MelindaGates (who just announced their #divorce):— Han Peng (@HanPeng15040090) May 4, 2021
Pics 1 & 2: Their first trip to Africa in 1993, which they said was a "turning point" in their relationship and their way to view the world.
Pics 3 & 4: #wedding of Bill and Melinda Gates in #Hawaii , 1994. pic.twitter.com/WLfFYqLVf2
Meanwhile, the elder child of the couple addressed her parents' separation on Instagram. "By now many of you have heard the news that my parents are separating. It's been a challenging stretch of time for our whole family," wrote Katharine. She added," I'm still learning how to best support my own process and emotions as well as 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 mean the world to me. Thank you for understanding our desire for privacy while we navigate the next phases of our lives," according to People.