Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, left, and his wife Melinda Gates attend a meeting in Paris, France, April 16 2018. Picture: LIONEL BONAVENTUR/REUTERS
Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, left, and his wife Melinda Gates attend a meeting in Paris, France, April 16 2018. Picture: LIONEL BONAVENTUR/REUTERS

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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates, his wife of 27 years, said on Monday they are divorcing and will continue to work together at the philanthropic foundation the two built to improve global health, combat climate change and bolster US education.

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

“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.”

Bill Gates is the world’s fourth-richest person. Melinda Gates, a former Microsoft manager who married Bill in 1994, has become an outspoken advocate on global health and equality for women in her role co-running the foundation.

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