Bill and Melinda Gates 'officially divorced'

Brendan O'BrienAAP
VideoBill Gates has announced he is divorcing his wife, Melinda Gates, after 27 years of marriage - but the pair will continue to work on their charitable foundation together.

The divorce between Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates, co-founders of one of the world’s largest private charitable foundations, has been finalised, Business Insider reports, citing court documents.

The couple filed for divorce on May 3 after 27 years of marriage but pledged to continue their philanthropic work together.

The Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has become one of the most powerful and influential forces in global public health, spending more than $US50 billion ($A68 billion) over the past two decades to bring a business approach to combating poverty and disease.

The Gateses have backed widely praised programs in malaria and polio eradication, child nutrition and vaccines.

The foundation last year committed $US1.75 billion to COVID-19 relief.

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