https://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/551565-bill-and-melinda-gates-to-divorce

Bill and Melinda Gates are getting a divorce, the couple announced Monday.

The pair, who founded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000, said they are splitting up after 27 years of marriage.

“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the couple said in a statement posted to both of their Twitter accounts.

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The pair said they will continue to work together at the foundation, but concluded that they can no longer “grow together as a couple.”

“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,” the couple wrote.

“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,” they continued.

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“We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life,” they added.

The couple married in 1994, after meeting seven years earlier at a trade show in New York.

Their foundation has played an active role in the battle against COVID-19, committing hundreds of millions of dollars toward the development and distribution of coronavirus tests, treatments and vaccines.

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