Jennifer Gates, the eldest daughter of Bill and Melinda Gates, has described her parents' divorce as a "challenging stretch of time" after their announcement earlier, according to her Instagram account Tuesday.

She took to Instagram to share how she is dealing with the divorce news and to request privacy as they "navigate the next phases of our lives."

"I'm still learning how to best support my own process and emotions as well as my family members at this time and am grateful for the space to do so," she said on an Instagram story.

She added that the kind words and support from people "mean the world to her."

Who are the Gates children? The 25-year-old is the oldest of the former couple's three children, who include her brother Rory, 21 and sister Phoebe, 18.

The separating couple said in their statement to the news media that " "Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and build a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives."

In 2017 on a Reddit Ask Me Anything segment on the social network, the Microsoft joint founder said his children will inherit just $10 million each - equivalent to less than 1% of his fortune.

"I definitely think leaving kids massive amounts of money is not a favor to them. Warren Buffett was part of an article in Fortune talking about this in 1986 before I met him and it made me think about it and decide he was right," he said.

The news of the split has sent the world's followers of megawealth into a frenzy. Although the details about the divorce are unclear, the deal could be one of the largest in history. When Jeff Bezos and his ex-wife, MacKenzie Scott split Scott received $38 billion - a 4% stake in Amazon. It made Scott the third richest woman in the world.

If a similar agreement is reached, Melinda Gates could receive a figure of more than $33 billion.

Meanwhile, the Gates said in their joint statement that "We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives."