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”.
In a BBC report both individuals have decided to go their separate ways after a great deal of thought and a lot of work on their relationship.
Bill said “we have made the decision to end our marriage.”
The two met in the late 1980s when Melinda joined Bill’s Microsoft firm. They have three children.
They jointly run the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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.
He made his money through the firm he co-founded in the 1970s, Microsoft, the world’s biggest software company.
The pair both posted the statement announcing their divorce on Twitter.