Breaking news just in, Bill and Melinda Gates are getting divorced after 27 years.
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Bill and Melinda Gates are getting divorced.
The couple have announced their divorce after 27 years of marriage.
Gates is the mastermind behind Microsoft - one of the largest tech companies in the world.
via: GettyThe company wrote and developed one of the most-used computer software in the world. According to Forbes, Microsoft is the third biggest company in the world, with an estimated worth of $947 billion dollars.
Not bad for a college drop out...
He dropped out of college in 1975.
via: GettyCollege life isn't for everyone. A mere 2 years after enrolling, Bill left Harvard and re-joined his partner, Paul Allen, whom he had started a small computer company with when he was just fifteen. Beats what I was doing when I was fifteen...
Bill and Paul were childhood friends...And they were wild about computers. But they were living in an age wherein access to computers was sparse, so they would often skip class together and sneak into their school's only computer room.
Though they didn't get expelled for this...
via: Today PostsNope. The school were actually so impressed by their computer skills that, instead of punishing the boys, they offered them unlimited computer time in exchange for help with improving the school computer's performance.
The boys started a small company from the school.
via: Seattle TimesInstead of going to parties, smoking cigarettes round the back of the bikesheds, or partaking in any of the other generic high school shenanigans, Bill and Paul actually launched their first computer company while in high school, labeled Traf-O-Data. They even sold a computer to the City of Seattle, which was then used to count traffic.
Cue the birth of Microsoft...
via: CNNFast forward a couple of years and the pair had created their company, Microsoft. The name Microsoft came from a blend of the words "micro-computer" and "software," and was officially launched in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1976.
Microsoft went from strength to strength.
via: GettyAfter nearly ten years of writing and developing the Microsoft operating systems, the company released its crowning achievement in 1985: Microsoft Windows.
Windows became the staple computer operating system.
And he didn't stop there...Bill, who became Microsoft's standing CEO, took the company to new heights and continued to release ground-breaking software and operational systems for computers.
It seems that Bill has experienced nothing but success with Microsoft.
via: GettyThe fact that he's one of the world's richest men alone tells you everything you need to know, doesn't it? Microsoft is one of the world's most respected companies, and I, for one, can't picture anything ever going wrong for them.
They have been married since 1994...
via: GettyAnd they have accomplished a hell of a lot together, including setting up the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which aims to reduce poverty and enhance healthcare in the United States.
They're also known for being incredibly generous...
via: GettyAnd they've donated hundreds of millions of dollars over the years to numerous charities and organizations around the world.
TMZ broke the news.
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The couple revealed their divorce in a joint statement.
The statement reads:
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.
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 the next phase of our lives.
The Gates' net worth is estimated at more than $130 billion.
Let us hope that both Bill and Melinda are able to keep their doing their great work in the aftermath of their divorce.