Bill and Melinda Gates announce divorce after 27 years of marriage


Billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda announced on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, their intention to divorce. At stake, the fourth world fortune estimated at 124 billion dollars.

A $ 124 billion divorce

After 27 years of marriage and 20 years of working together in their founding, Bill and Melinda Gates announced Tuesday, May 4, 2021, their intention to divorce. A divorce with a strong financial stake, since the latest Forbes ranking established that the Gates’ fortune was estimated at $ 124 billion, the fourth largest fortune in the world.

The Bloomberg US news agency revealed that the divorce petition was filed in Washington state. This State recognizes the community regime for property and patrimony acquired during marriage. However, this legislation does not mean that the “ fortune will be divided in two “. An amicable divorce can suggest other types of agreement between the former spouses.

The costliest divorce in history

So far, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his ex-wife MacKenzie Scott have won the prize for the costliest divorce in history. In 2019, the couple announced their separation. The divorce was reached amicably and MacKenzie Scott becomes the 22nd fortune in the world by leaving with 4% of Amazon’s capital and $ 35 billion.

Other costly divorces have hit the headlines in recent years, such as that of the founder of the Pimco fund, specialist in investment in bonds for individuals, Bill Gross and his ex-wife Sue in 2016. At stake in this divorce, a fortune valued at $ 2.5 billion. The divorce proceedings were punctuated by twists and turns. After begging his wife to come back and change her mind about the divorce, Bill Gross sent her insulting emails before hiring private investigators to monitor her. Divorce granted in 2017 and Sue Gross walked away with $ 1.3 billion.

In another register, the divorce of the couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie is for its part in the process of becoming Hollywood’s costliest divorce. Since the announcement of their separation in 2016, the two actors have each paid $ 1 million in legal costs for a divorce that is still not finalized five years later.