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Bill and Melinda Gates in Paris, France, on 21 April 2017. Photograph: Frederic Stevens/Getty Images

Why Bill and Melinda Gates are getting divorced after 27 years

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Both said in a statement posted on Twitter ‘we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple’

Bill and Melinda Gates are getting divorced because they “no longer believe we can grow together as a couple”, the pair said in a statement.

The tech entrepreneur and his wife, who have been married 27 years, are among the richest people on the planet and also a huge driving force in the world of global philanthropy.

In a statement posted on Twitter, the couple said they would continue to work together at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which they run together and is the main arm for their operations around the world, especially in the cause of fighting diseases.

“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 this next phase of our lives. We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life,” they said.

The couple have three children.

The foundation has over $51bn in assets, according to a tax filing, reported CNBC.

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