Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda announced their divorce on Monday.
“After much reflection and work on our relationship, we have decided to end our marriage,” the couple said in a joint statement, which Gates posted on Twitter.
In 27 years of marriage, the Gates said they have raised three wonderful children and created a charitable foundation that works around the world.
“We will continue to work together on the foundation, but we no longer believe that we as a couple will be able to grow together in this new phase of our lives,” Gates said.
The financial side of the divorce is not disclosed.
Gates is one of the five richest businessmen; his family’s fortune is estimated at $ 130 billion.