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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.
1. Bill Gates has become $41 billion richer in the past year alone.
On May 4, 2020, Gates’ net worth was an estimated $105 billion.
He’s nearly $70 billion richer than he was five years ago in 2016.
2. Based on how much wealthier Gates got in the past year, he makes approximately $4,630 per second, according to Business Insider calculations.
That means it would not be worth his time to stop and pick up a $100 bill that he dropped on the ground.
3. If Gates spent $1 million a day, it would take him more about 400 years to spend his fortune, according to Business Insider calculations.
But although Gates indulges in a few luxuries — such as a private plane and a massive Washington home now worth $125 million — the billionaire is known for being relatively frugal in his spending.
4. Gates is about 66% richer than the British monarchy.
The British royal family was worth an estimated $88 billion in 2017, according to Forbes.
5. Although Gates made his fortune cofounding Microsoft with Paul Allen, he only owned 1.3% of the company in 2019 — and …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Tech
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