Bill and Melinda Gates have decided to end their marriage after 27 years, according to announcements made in their Twitter accounts.
“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the statement said.
The couple founded the organization Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000. The foundation has spent $53.8 billion on a wide range of initiatives related to global health, poverty alleviation and more.
“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. 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,” he said.
In a CNN report, Melinda Gates filed a petition for divorce in King County, Washington, on Monday, asking a judge to dissolve the marriage based on the couple’s separation contract.
No financial details were included in the publicly available documents.