Transcript for Bill and Melinda Gates announce divorce
We learned late today that bill and Melinda Gates are ending their 27-year marriage. Bill Gates, one of the richest men in the world. As a couple, through the bill and Melinda Gates foundation, they have donated millions to help people throughout the world. Here's our chief business correspondent Rebecca Jarvis tonight. Reporter: They are one of the world's richest couples, famous not just for how much money they've made but how much they've given away. But tonight, after 27 years, bill and Melinda Gates are calling it quits. Tweeting in a joint statement, "After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage." Bill Gates, who co-founded Microsoft, is now worth an estimated $124 billion. He and Melinda cofounding the Gates foundation and with Warren Buffett creating the giving pledge, where wealthy people commit to giving the majority of their money. Will William H. Gates III and Melinda French Gates. Reporter: President Obama awarding them the medal of freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. These two have donated more money to charitable causes than anyone, ever. Reporter: This year, the couple taking a leading role in the global fight against covid-19, donating $100 million in the first months of the pandemic. Then revealing on "World news tonight" last April they were donating another $150 million. In an interview with David, Melinda Gates criticizing then president trump for stripping funding from the world health W.H.O. Was created after World War II to deal with exactly these kinds of issues around the world. So, halting funding right now, that just doesn't make any sense. Reporter: Now, more than year into the pandemic, the Gates foundation has donated $1.75 billion to the fight. And David, tonight, Melinda and bill say they will continue to remain as cochairs and trustees of their foundation. No changes are planned to their roles or the organization itself and they will continue to work together. David? That is encouraging. Rebecca Jarvis, thank you. Next this evening here, we
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