Billionaire Bill Gates has announced his divorce from wife Melinda after 27 years of marriage.
In a Twitter message late Monday evening, the couple said they made the decision after a long discussion and a lot of work on their relationship.
Gates, the fourth richest man in the world with a fortune of one hundred and thirty billion US dollars, married Melinda in January 1994.
During this time, they have raised three children and set up a foundation that works around the world to help people live healthily and productively.
The copy added that the two still believe in this mission and will continue to work together for this foundation. However, they said that they do not believe that they can continue this journey together as a couple at this point in their lives.
They asked to be given space and privacy as they embark on this new journey in their lives.
The couple, who got married on a golf course on the island of Lanai in Hawaii, have three children, Jennifer, Rory and Phoebe.