Melinda, 56, wrote that the marriage was “irretrievably broken” when she provided a reason for the divorce, according to the file obtained by TMZ.
The document, filed Monday in King County Superior Court in Seattle, Wa., Notes that the couple have a “separation agreement,” but not a prenup.
A separation agreement is usually signed at the end of a marriage and sets out the terms of the split.
This contract was not included in the divorce petition, but will apparently dictate how the couple will share their assets.
Gates’s fortune is estimated to be well over $ 100 billion, so it’s perhaps not surprising that Melinda isn’t asking for spousal support, according to the filing.
She and Bill, 65, co-founder of Microsoft and former richest person in the world, announced on Monday that they would separate after 24 years of marriage and 34 years as a couple. They have three grown children: Jennifer, 25, Rory, 21, and Phoebe, 19.
“After a lot of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we made the decision to end our marriage,” read a statement from the two.
The two, who met after Melinda started working at Microsoft as a product manager in 1987, said they would continue to work together at the famous charity they launched in 2000.
“Bill and Melinda will remain co-chairs and trustees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” the organization said in a statement.
“No change in their roles or organization is planned. They will continue to work together to shape and approve the foundation’s strategies, advocate for foundation issues and set the overall direction of the organization. “