Bill Gates and Melinda Gates will be end their marriage after 27 years (Picture: Getty Images)

Bill and Melinda Gates announced on Twitter on Monday afternoon that they are getting divorced.

‘After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,’ Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates tweeted. ‘We no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.’

The billionaire philanthropists were married for 27 years.

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