Bill and Melinda Gates are getting a divorce after 27 years of marital relationship.
The couple, who wed in 1994, announced the divorce on Twitter on Monday.
“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” their joint declaration stated. “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.”
The statement raises concerns of how the couple will divide their enormous fortune. Bill Gates, the cofounder of Microsoft, is the world’s fourth-richest individual with a projected net worth of $146 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
The Gates reside in Washington state, where all possessions obtained through a marital relationship are split 50/50 unless otherwise defined in a prenuptial arrangement. A representative for Bill Gates decreased to discuss whether the couple had actually signed such a contract.
In another prominent billionaire divorce in Washington state, that of Amazon creator Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos in 2019, MacKenzie Bezos left with 25% of the Amazon stock the couple co-owned, which deserved about $38 billion. Jeff Bezos kept the staying stock in addition to his ex-wife’s interests in the Washington Post and Blue Origin.
However their possessions are divided, both the Gates will likely stay 2 of the wealthiest individuals worldwide after their divorce. Read on for 11 facts that put Bill Gates’ $146 billion fortune into viewpoint.