Bill Gates, the co-founder and CEO of Microsoft has announced that he and his wife, Melinda Gates, are splitting after 27 years of marriage.

“After a great deal of thought and work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the couple said in a statement shared to Twitter Monday afternoon.

The couple has three children together, and both have been heavily involved in the nonprofit organization that they co-founded in 2000, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

“We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but went longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.” 

The financial details of their separation were not immediately clear.

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