Washington, May 4: Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates announced the decision to end their marriage after 27 years, saying "we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in the next phase of our lives".

Bill and Melinda said in a joint statement which was shared by the Microsoft co-founder on Twitter. "After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage. Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable people to lead healthy, productive lives," read the statement. Bill Gates Helps Launch Drive for Global Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccine ‘Covax’.

However, the duo said they will continue to together at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. "Both Bill and Melinda had already made giving away their wealth through philanthropy a shared priority and said that they will continue to work together at their foundation," the statement said.

Here's the tweet by Bill Gates:

Here's the tweet by Melinda French Gates:

"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. We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life."

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