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Bill and Melinda Gates Are Divorcing After More Than 25 Years of Marriage

May 3, 2021 3 min readBillionaire and philanthropic couple are divorcing following more than 25 years of marriage, the former announced on Twitter. Related: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Sells Its Alibaba Shares"After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage," Gates said in a statement that was written in conjunction with his soon-to-be ex-wife. The two sat next to each other at an Expo-trade fair dinner in New York, although Gates reportedly didn't ask Melinda out until months later. Her death inspired the creation of the William H. Gates Foundation — later rebranded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is now reportedly the world's largest private charitable foundation with a trust endowment of $49.8 billion. In 1994, the Gates married on New Year's Day in Hawaii.

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