Bill and Melinda Gates to end marriage after 27 years

Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson and Billy Nauman in New York, and Richard Waters in San Francisco
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Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, and his wife Melinda have announced they are ending their marriage after 27 years, throwing into doubt a partnership that has remade modern philanthropy and supported one of the leading private responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. The couple revealed the decision in a terse note on their social media accounts on Monday, in which they said the fate of their marriage would not affect the work of their foundation, the world’s largest private charitable organisation. The pair have ploughed much of their estimated $124bn fortune into the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which seeks to enhance healthcare and reduce poverty around the world.