The billionaire co-founder of Microsoft and his wife Melinda Gates confirmed the news in a joint-statement this evening.
It read: “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage.
“We no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in the next phase of our lives.
“We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”
The financial details of the decision were not immediately clear.
More to follow.