Business magnate and founder of Windows, Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates are getting a divorce after 27 years of marriage.
The divorce is said to break the record for most expensive divorce in history. The current holders of this record are Jeff Bezos and his ex wife MacKenzie.
By the time Bezos concluded his divorce arrangements in 2019, he kept 75 percent of their joint stake in Amazon leaving MacKenzie with USD 35.8 billion
One interesting fact to note is that the Gates are worth an estimated USD 130 billion and they are presently the fourth-richest people in the world.
Consequently, the divorce of Bill Gates and Melinda wil be the largest division of assets since the split of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie in 2019.
When Bezos finalised his divorce in 2019, he kept 75 percent of their joint stake in Amazon leaving MacKenzie with USD 35.8 billion.
Bill and Melinda Gates end their marriage on a mutual agreement and they released a statement to this effect:
“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage. Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives. 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 the next phase of our lives. We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”
The Gates vast property includes homes in five states; several cars including a rare USD 2 million Porsche; an art collection that includes USD 30 million Da Vinci Codex and and fleet of private jets.
Notably, both Bill and Melinda have already pledged to give most of their fortune in charity before they die and Jennifer, Phoebe and Rory will receive only USD 10 million each.
Yet, despite their pledge to give away a huge amounts of money, the couple still own plenty of assets to split among each other.