Bill and Melinda Gates are getting a divorce after 27 years of marriage.
The couple, who married 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 statement said. “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 announcement raises questions of how the couple will divide their massive fortune. Bill Gates, the cofounder of Microsoft, is the world’s fourth-richest person with an estimated net worth of $146 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
The Gates live in Washington state, where all assets acquired through a marriage are split 50/50 unless otherwise specified in a prenuptial agreement. A spokesperson for Bill Gates declined to comment on whether the couple had signed such an agreement.
In another high-profile billionaire divorce in Washington state, that of Amazon founder Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos in 2019, MacKenzie Bezos walked away with 25% of the Amazon stock the couple co-owned, which was worth about $38 billion. Jeff Bezos retained the remaining stock as well as his ex-wife’s interests in the Washington Post and Blue Origin.
However their assets are divided, both the Gates will likely remain two of the richest people in the world after their divorce. Read on for 11 facts that put Bill Gates’ $146 billion fortune into perspective.
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