Last Updated on 23/01/2022
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates announced their separation on May 3 after 27 years of marriage.
A staunch supporter of women’s development, Melinda Gates could become the second richest woman in the world with a fortune of 73 73 billion after divorcing her husband.
In a divorce petition filed in Washington’s King County High Court, Melinda Gates said her marriage to Bill Gates was “irreparably broken”, while the court ordered the couple to distribute 6 146 billion in assets. Requested.
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 3, 2021
The 50-50 split of these assets is more likely because the divorce petition also revealed that the couple, who tied the knot in 1994, had not entered into a prenuptial agreement and that Washington state law In case of divorce, the assets are distributed equally.
If that happens, Melinda French Gates (who recently added a French name to her social media profiles) will become the world’s second-richest woman, ahead of 67-year-old Francois Bethancourt Meyers, who is L’Oreal. Owns and owns 83 billion.
Bill Gates is currently the fourth richest person in the world with 6 146 billion, according to Bloomberg Billion Air Index.
However, Bill Gates could have been the richest man in the world if he had not donated at least 45 billion to the charity through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Following the divorce reports, the question has arisen as to what will be the future of the couple’s welfare initiatives through this foundation.
The foundation also receives donations from other philanthropists, including several billionaires and the British government.
Although Bill and Melinda Gates have said they will continue to head the foundation, some experts say their differing views after the divorce could have an impact on the organization.
The company has 1,600 employees and has spent 50 50 billion on various projects in 135 countries, with assets worth 43 43 billion.
The personal assets of Bill Gates and Melinda Gates include a 66,000-square-foot home worth 130 million, several Holiday Homes, a 90 59 million ranch in Florida, and a 492-acre ranch in Wyoming.
In fact, Bill Gates is the largest owner of agricultural land in the United States and owns 24.2 million acres of land in 18 states worth 700 million.
The couple owns private jets and countless vehicles.
There are 23 cars parked in the garages of his home near Lake Washington in Seattle.
The house is known as Xanadu 2.0, while the pool house has a 60-foot swimming pool with an underwater sound system and a tempo room.
Under Washington’s state property laws, property purchased during a marriage is considered to be divided equally between the couple.
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates are expected to appear in court in April 2022.
Earlier, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos separated from Mackenzie Scott in 2019 after 25 years of marriage.
The divorce also took place in Washington State and Mackenzie Scott received 38 billion, her wealth was mostly based on Amazon shares and so far she has become the owner of 60 60 billion.
Bill and Melinda Gates have three children, the eldest daughter Jennifer Catherine Gates is 25 years old and has two sons and is over 20 years old.
Jennifer Gates wrote in her Instagram post that this is a challenging time for the whole family, after which she deleted the post.