Gates divorce: Bill and Melinda split after 27 years

The announcement sent shockwaves throughout the business world and in particular that of Philanthropy.

After 27 years of marriage, the billionaire couple is no more.   Yesterday the Gates announced their separation in a joint statement and on their social media accounts.

“Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives,” the statement read. “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.”

The Gates met at Microsoft in 1994.