As soon as Bill and Melinda’s separation was announced after 27 years of marriage to rule the Gates domains, its effects began in the technology industry and a wide range of real estate businesses and properties and in the areas of global health, according to Bloomberg. The two are co-chairs of the not-for-profit Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which was launched in 2000, and currently owns more than $ 51 billion in assets, according to a tax file cited by CNBC.
The couple, who earn an estimated $ 146 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, have not indicated their financial plans, although they have confirmed they will cooperate in continuing their charitable work.
“After careful thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we made a decision to end our marriage,” the two said in a statement posted on the Bill Gates account via Twitter. They added, “We raised 3 wonderful children and built a foundation that works around the world to enable all people to lead healthy and productive lives.” The couple have 3 children, the youngest of whom is 18 years old.
Gates, the 65-year-old co-founder of Microsoft Corp, ranks as the fourth richest person in the world. Melinda Gates, 56, is a former Microsoft director, gained international acclaim and co-managed the Bill Melinda Foundation, and has already donated more than $ 50 billion over the past two decades to fight poverty and disease.
A spokesperson for the foundation wrote in an e-mail statement that they will remain co-chairs and trustees of the non-profit corporation. However, it may turn out that the wealth of Bill and Melinda Gates is more complicated in sharing it than the wealth of Jeff and McKinsey, which was largely concentrated in Amazon stocks, according to «Arabnet».
The couple lives in Washington, a state that anchors communal ownership. This means that anything acquired during marriage is considered equally owned by both partners, but this does not necessarily mean that the wealth will be divided in half. Janet George, the family attorney in Washington at McKinley Irvine, said it is not mandatory to split the revolution 50-50, explaining that “the courts can rule more or less, depending on what is just and fair.”
When Melinda was asked about the reason for her marriage to the CEO of Microsoft, who was nine years older than her, she insisted that it was love, according to a report by the British newspaper, The Independent.
“I met Bill when we were still young,” Melinda told the Seattle Times in 2013. I was 23 years old, he was 32 years old, we’d grown up during those times together. ‘
And when the marriage extends for many years, the question becomes what is the secret. “There are definitely some daily details that we may not always agree with,” Melinda, 56, of director and musician Lyn Manuel Miranda, admitted in a 2018 interview, broadcast on Facebook.