Bill and Melinda Gates are ending their 27-year marriage. Here’s how the Microsoft cofounder spends his $129 billion fortune, from a luxury-car collection to incredible real estate. (MSFT)

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Bill and Melinda Gates are ending their 27-year marriage.

The couple announced the news in a statement posted to Twitter on Monday, saying that while they plan to continue working together at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, they no longer believe they can continue growing as a couple. 

Gates, who cofounded Microsoft with Paul Allen in 1975, is worth $130.5 billion, according to Forbes. He’s one of only eight moguls worth over $100 billion and is currently the fourth-richest person in the world. 

Gates has made some lavish purchases over the years: He owns a Washington estate worth $125 million, a private airplane, and a luxury-car collection. More recently, he dropped $43 million on a 5,800-square-foot home in Del Mar, California. But these indulgences make up only a fraction of his massive fortune, and Gates isn’t known to throw his money around.

In fact, the couple previously said it’s unfair they’re so rich. Instead of spending billions on themselves, they often donate it to charity through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. They’ve also pledged to give away most of their fortune through the Giving Pledge, which they launched in 2010.

Keep reading for a look at how Gates spends his billions.

Taylor Nicole Rogers contributed to an earlier version of this story.

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Bill Gates, the cofounder of Microsoft, has an estimated net worth of $130.5 billion.

Source: Forbes

He long held the title as the world’s second-richest person until Elon Musk unseated him in November 2020.

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Now, Gates is the world’s fourth-richest person and part of a eight-man club of people currently worth more than $100 billion.

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Gates has invested in a variety of stocks and assets and launched a $1 billion investment fund, Breakthrough Energy, with 20 others.

Source: Forbes

Despite his massive fortune, Gates previously told Ellen DeGeneres that when he became a billionaire at age 31 (history’s youngest billionaire at the time), he didn’t go on a spending spree.

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But he has indulged in things over time, he said, like a private plane.

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It’s been reported that Gates owns a Bombardier BD-700 Global Express, which costs $40 million and can seat up to 19 people.

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Gates also spent a lot on his estate, Xanadu 2.0, in Medina, Washington. It took him seven years and $63 million to build. He purchased the lot for $2 million in 1988.

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At 66,000 square feet, his home is worth about $125 million today.

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In 2017, he paid $1,041,292.55 in property taxes on it, according to …read more

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