Transcript for Bill and Melinda Gates split after decades-long marriage
Now to that bombshell announcement from bill and Melinda Gates splitting up after 27 years of marriage. Rebecca Jarvis joins us now. What it mean force their nearly $130 billion fortune and philanthropy. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning, Michael. Yes, this is one of the wealthiest, richest couples in the world, Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, Melinda there by his side, a champion of women and girls, their philanthropy has touched millions around the world and now the question, what happens to their wealth? Overnight one of the richest cups in the world, Melinda and Bill Gates filing for divorce after 27 years of marriage. The couple announcing the split on Twitter writing, after a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage. According to documents obtained by ABC news Melinda filed for divorce calling the marriage irretrievably broken. 9 filings add there is no prenuptial agreement. Rather a separation contract filed sometime before the divorce's public reveal. Their oldest daughter taking to Instagram shortly after the announcement saying, it's been a challenging stretch of time for the whole family. The couple an institution in their foundation given away nearly $55 billion since its creation in 2000 towards initiatives like developing a vaccine for malaria and pledging nearly $2 billion to fight the coronavirus pandemic. What has the most pressing, urgent need today? For me it really is the women and girls piece, how do we empower women and girls if we want to have an equitable and just world. You need to empower them. Reporter: Bill Gates co-founded Microsoft in the 1970s and is now worth nearly $124 billion. Melinda was by his side for most of it. They met in 1987 when Melinda came to work for Microsoft. The couple married in 1994 and today has three grown children. Melinda and bill say they will remain as co-chairs and trust 'tis of their foundation, no changes are planned to their roles or their organization. As of now, they will continue to work together, they say, George. Okay, thanks very much.
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