Bill and Melinda Gates are divorcing after 27 years of marriage.
The couple, who got married in 1994, Announced divorce on twitter on Monday.
Their joint statement said, “After much consideration and a lot of work on our relationship, we have decided to end our marriage.” “Over the past 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that enables people all over the world to live healthy, productive lives.”
The announcement calls into question how the couple will divide their vast fortune. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Bill Gates, Microsoft’s cofounder, is the fourth richest person in the world with a net worth of $ 146 billion.
Gates resides in Washington State, where all assets acquired through marriage are divided by 50/50, unless specified in a pre-agreement. A spokesman for Bill Gates declined to comment on whether the couple had signed such an agreement.
In another Washington State high-profile billionaire divorce that was Amazon’s founders Jeff and McKenzie Bezos in 2019, McKenzie Bezos paired with 25% of Amazon stock, valued at about $ 38 billion. Jeff Bezos retained his former wife’s interests in the Washington Post and Blue Origin, as well as the remaining stock.
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