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Philanthropic couple Bill and Melinda Gates divorce

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[Bill and Melinda Gates. Photo/Courtesy].

Microsoft co-founder Bill and Melinda Gates have thrashed their 27 year old marriage.

They said they have made a decision to terminate their marriage after staying together for 27 years.

“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the generous couple tweeted separately.

The billionaire couple has three children together.

“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,” they said.

They however, said they will continue to cooperate in their philanthropy activities around the world, despite dusting their marriage.

Official records indicate that Bill Gates is the fourth richest person in the world.

His wife Melinda was a Manager at his Microsoft company from where he married her in 1994.