bbc.com 03 May, 2021 21:15 am

Bill and Melinda Gates divorce after 27 years of marriage

Bill and Melinda Gates divorce after 27 years of marriage
In a statement the pair said "we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple".

Bill and Melinda Gates divorce after 27 years of marriage Published About sharing Getty Images p image captionThe couple - pictured here in 2018 - have given billions to charity Bill and Melinda Gates say they are getting divorced after 27 years of marriage, saying "we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple".They jointly run the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation."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 the next phase of our lives.The organisation has spent billions fighting causes such as infectious diseases and encouraging vaccinations in children.

The Gates' - along with investor Warren Buffett - are behind the Giving Pledge, which calls on billionaires to commit to giving away the majority of their wealth to good causes.The pair both posted the statement announcing their divorce on Twitter.

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