Just three months after the announcement of the separation, 65-year-old businessman and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his 56-year-old wife Melinda have officially divorced.
The divorce documents state that Melinda will not change her last name and will not receive any spousal support.
The couple has been married for 27 years. They are raising three children. Announcing their breakup in May, the couple called their marriage “irrevocably ruined.” The couple also announced that, despite the divorce, they would continue to work together in the charitable foundation they have created. Recently, however, the CEO of their foundation, Mark Suzman, revealed that Bill and Melinda had reached an agreement under which the entrepreneur’s ex-wife would resign if either she or Bill decided in two years that they could no longer work together.
The couple did not announce the official reason for their separation. However, according to rumors, Gates had several affairs on the side. However, representatives of the businessman denied this, stating that these speculations appear in the media to tarnish the businessman’s reputation.
Gates was also credited with being friends with financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of sex trafficking in minors. Melinda opposed their communication, but her husband continued to see him and discuss issues related to charity, as he said.
Bill Gates’s fortune is estimated at $130 billion. However, how much Melinda will receive is not known since the spouses entered into private contracts.