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Bill and Melinda Gates’ divorce was finalized almost three months after news of the end of their 27-year marriage was announced.
The billionaire founder of Microsoft, 65, and his wife, 56, shocked the world when they took to Twitter to announce the news of their divorce on May 4.
They tweeted that they “no longer believe that we can grow up together as a couple,” but they will continue to work together at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Three months later, a Washington State Superior Court judge for King County signed the divorce on Monday.
There was no marriage contract and the couple instead divided their assets on the basis of a separation contract with undisclosed terms.
The settlement between Gates, who has an estimated net worth of more than $ 130 billion, and his ex could leave Melinda with more than $ 65 billion, TMZ reported. Melinda has also indicated that she will keep Gates as a last name.
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Reflecting on his marriage to Melinda Gates, he was said to have been on the verge of tears at last month’s “billionaire summer camp” as he “confessed to screwing up”
Melinda also did not request a name change and child support does not apply as their three children are all legally of legal age (L to R: Melinda, Jennifer, Rory and Phoebe Gates)
Following the divorce announcement, Bill was accused of “feminizing” and sexually harassing colleagues while at Microsoft.
Their relationship reportedly began to fall apart after Melinda read the letter a Microsoft employee wrote in 2019 detailing her billionaire husband’s “inappropriate” sex with a woman.
Two decades after the 2000 affair, Gates was removed from his post from Microsoft’s board of directors while investigating his earlier romantic relationship with an employee, which “ended amicably.”
Meanwhile, Melinda did not apply for spousal support from her ex-husband, but she had already received $ 2 billion in shares by the day she filed the divorce papers. The next day, her ex-husband even added 25 million Mexican Coca-Cola stocks to her portfolio.
Melinda has not requested a name change either, and child support does not apply since their three children are all legally of legal age.
But it has long been known that Gates children will not inherit wealth from their parents. In 2014, Gates announced at a TED talk in Canada that most of his fortune will go to the family foundation.
Melinda apparently knew about Gates’ ‘feminization’ even before their wedding in Hawaii in 1994.
Melinda did not apply for child support from her ex-husband, but she had already received $ 2 billion in shares by the day she filed the divorce papers. The next day, her ex-husband even added 25 million shares of Mexican Coca-Cola to his portfolio.
Their eldest, Jennifer Katherine Gates, 25, got engaged to fellow equestrian Nayel Nassar months before her parents split.
She posted on an Instagram story that “this has been a difficult time for our whole family”.
“I’m still learning how to best support my own process and emotions as well as my family members at this time, and I’m grateful for the space to do so. I will not personally comment on anything around the separation, but please know that your kind words and support mean the world to me, ”she added.
Their son Rory John Gates, 22, is notoriously private and the youngest Phoebe Adele Gates, 18, is an aspiring ballerina who attended the School of American Ballet and Juilliard in New York City.
Each child would receive $ 10 million from their parents.
The couple behind the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have projected an image of humanitarianism, compassion and stability, but not everything is always what it seems.
Just two years ago, Bill tweeted a photo of the beloved couple on their wedding day and captioned it “Can’t wait to spend 25 more years laughing together.”
The ex-couple tweeted that they would still work together as co-chairs of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation
All is not always what it seems and it was later revealed that the founder of Microsoft often told his golf buddies that his marriage to Melinda was “loveless” and that the couple had “lived lives. separated ”for a while.
But Gates’ loyalty had been questionable at many points in their relationship, and much of it had only surfaced recently.
Gates always went on annual vacation to the Outer Banks of North Carolina with his ex-girlfriend and software entrepreneur Ann Winblad, and on a few occasions he sued women who worked for him at Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. .
Melinda even met Gates at work at the age of 23, shortly after being hired as a product manager for Microsoft in 1987. She was apparently aware of her “feminization” for some time before their marriage. in Hawaii in 1994.
“Bill wanted to get married, but he didn’t know if he could actually commit to it and have Microsoft,” Melinda said in an interview for the Netflix docuseries Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates.
Reflecting on his marriage to Melinda Gates, he was reportedly on the verge of tears at last month’s “billionaire summer camp” as he “confessed to screwing up.”
The Gates ‘divorce settlement is the second most expensive in the United States after Jeff Bezos’ $ 38.3 billion split from ex-wife MacKenzie Bezos.