Bill Gates And Melinda Gates Are Splitting Up After 27 Years Milla Deyn Updated in Nov 2021 Bill Gates, co-founder and former CEO of Microsoft, tweeted Melinda Gates and he are divorcing. The couple stayed together for 27 years, and they will continue working on their foundation together. Bill Gates's tweet was signed by both Melinda and Bill, citing they can no longer grow together. Here is the tweet that became viral in a matter of seconds: pic.twitter.com/padmHSgWGc— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 3, 2021 The Love Story Started At Microsoft Bill and Melinda are among the best known couples in the world. The two tied the knot in 1994 in Hawaii, and in 2000 they started one of the biggest philanthropic organizations. Bill and Melinda Gates met in 1987 at Microsoft. At the time, Gates was the CEO, and Melinda, the Duke graduate, worked as a product manager. The couple has three children: Jennifer, Phoebe and Rory Gates. Despite being a high-profile couple, it is safe to say that the marriage was stable. Many are surprised by the couple's decision to end it. Bill Is Not The Romantic Type bill gates and melinda gates are splitting up after 27 years Though you don't see them often, there are several documentaries about the rise of the Gates family. In Netflix's Inside Bill's Brain, the 63-year old talked about his relationship with his soon-to-be ex-wife. After dating for years, the couple was either going to get married or break up. Bill said: "You know, we cared a lot for each other and there were only two possibilities: either, we were going to break up or we were going to get married." Melinda added: "He had to make a decision." View this post on Instagram A post shared by Bill Gates (@thisisbillgates) Instead of following his heart, the future bride saw that "his whiteboard had the pros and the cons of getting married." He wanted to get married, but as Melinda explained "he didn't know whether he could actually commit to it and [run] Microsoft." Melinda was seeing other men, as the two had a somewhat casual relationship in the beginning. Bill had his job. Eventually, the stars aligned, and despite the pending divorce, 27 years is still a success. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation bill gates and melinda gates are splitting up after 27 years The now former couple formed the largest private foundation in Seattle, in 2000. Since 2008, Bill has been working for the foundation exclusively. It has several divisions, in efforts to provide better lives for people worldwide: Global Development DivisionGlobal Health DivisionUnited States DivisionGlobal Policy & Advocacy DivisionGlobal Growth & Opportunity Division The foundation helped millions, and there is comfort in knowing that both Melinda and Bill will stay active in their philanthropic roles.