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Bill and Melinda Gates are now officially divorced after a 27-year marriage

Bill and Melinda Gates are now officially divorced after a 27-year marriage.

The divorce was approved by the King County court in Washington state on Monday morning August 2nd, officially ending their 27-year marriage.

Gates, 65, and French Gates, 56, first announced their divorce in a joint statement in May, saying they no longer “believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.”

“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” they said in the statement. “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.”

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Melinda French Gates’ petition for divorce, filed to the court on May 3, stated that the couple’s relationship was “irretrievably broken.” The divorce paperwork finalized on Monday said that she would not be changing her name and did not offer any spousal support, which French Gates said was not necessary in her original filing.

The court did not issue money, property or spousal support judgments in the divorce. It said the couple must comply with the terms of the separation contract that was not filed in King county superior court.

They also agreed to continue to run The Gates Foundation together following their divorce. The foundation’s assets have been valued at nearly $50 billion, according to its financial statements.

Bill and Melinda Gates are currently the only trustees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, since philanthropist and Gates family friend Warren Buffett stepped down in June. The Seattle Times reports that Melinda French Gates may step down from the board in two years if she and her now-ex-husband find they cannot work together.

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