Bill and Melinda Gates, two of the most influential philanthropists in the world, said Monday they were divorcing.
The couple have grown together to become leaders in the global fight against Covid-19, and their breakup is likely to send shock waves through the worlds of philanthropy, public health, and the economy.
The divorce will raise new questions about the fate of Gates’ fortune, much of which has not yet been donated to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Mr. Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, is one of the richest people in the world with an estimated value of $ 124 billion Forbes.
“After much thought and work on our relationship, we made the decision to end our marriage,” the couple said in a statement posted on Mr. Gates Twitter Account.
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