The co-founder of Microsoft and one of the richest people in the world, Bill Gates, decided to make changes in his personal life. 65-year-old entrepreneur divorces his wife Melinda after 27 years of marriage. In this union, three children were born, the youngest of whom will turn 19 this year. Check the news Bill and Melinda Gates announced split up and more on Switzerland based Luxury Lifestyle Magazine & Store – Kenleaks Magazine.
The couple announced the divorce with the help of a short official statement that appeared on Twitter by Bill Gates.
After much thought and serious work on our relationship, we decided to end our marriage. During these 27 years, we have raised incredible children and created a foundation that works around the world to empower all people to lead healthy and productive lives. We will continue to work together on the foundation, but we no longer believe that we, as a couple, can grow together in this new phase of our lives,
is stated in a statement by the Gates spouses. The billionaire and his wife also reached out to the audience and the press, asking them to respect their right to privacy as they build their new life apart from each other.
The statement does not say anything about the division of property. According to the latest data, the fortune of Bill Gates is estimated at 130 billion rubles. If the ex-spouses had a prenuptial agreement, this will speed up the separation process. Otherwise, they will have a chain of courts, because under American law, as well as under Russian law, each of the spouses owns half of the property they jointly acquired in marriage.
Bill and Melinda Gates have been together for about 34 years. Melinda joined Microsoft in 1987. After 7 years, the couple got married. The couple have three adult children – 25-year-old Jennifer, 22-year-old Rory and 19-year-old Phoebe.
Another brainchild of the couple can be considered the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It is the largest charity in the world, with assets valued at $ 50.7 billion. Among the trustees, in addition to the couple themselves, is also the billionaire Warren Buffett.
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