Bill and Melinda Gates announced on Monday they are divorcing after 27 years of marriage. Bill Gates is the co-founder of Microsoft, and the couple began dating in 1987 after Melinda Gates joined the company as a product manager. In 2000, they launched the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the world's largest philanthropies. In a statement, Bill and Melinda Gates said they 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."

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