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(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 11, 2015 Billionaire Bill Gates, chairman and founder of Microsoft Corp., and his wife Melinda attend the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. (Photo by SCOTT OLSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)
Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder-turned philanthropist, and his wife Melinda are divorcing after a 27-year-marriage, the couple said in a joint statement Monday.
The announcement from one of the world’s wealthiest couples, with an estimated net worth of some $130 billion, was made on Twitter.
“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” they said.