Bill and Melinda Gates, one of the world’s most powerful couples, have announced they are divorcing after 27 years of marriage, saying they could no longer “grow together”. Mr Gates, the 65-year-old founder of Microsoft, posted a statement on Twitter revealing that he and Melinda made the decision after a “great deal of thought and work” and that they were entering the “next phase” of their lives. The divorce of the famously charitable couple – who are worth an estimated $127 billion – is likely to send shockwaves through the worlds of philanthropy, public health and business. Read how their divorce could be the most expensive ever.
Hunter Biden on addiction, tragedy and family love
Love is writ large across the Biden family story – for each of the many tragedies that have befallen them, they seem to move closer together. Hunter Biden, the only surviving son of US president Joe Biden, talks to Bryony Gordon about the loss that led to drink and drug addiction – and how his father never gave up on him. Listen to the full interview in Bryony’s Mad World, the award-winning mental health podcast.
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Trade pact | Britain and India have “fired the starting gun” on a full free trade agreement with the announcement today of a preliminary deal worth £1 billion. Boris Johnson and Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, have secured fresh co-operation and investments that could create 6,500 jobs in the UK. Writing for The Telegraph, International Trade secretary Liz Truss says it will help fuel the UK’s recovery.
Mapping a rival bid |The taxpayer-backed satellite network OneWeb is being lined up to underpin a British navigation system intended to rival GPS and reduce dependence on America and the EU. OneWeb is exploring whether a new generation of its satellites could support a space-based navigation system for military and critical infrastructure.