Melinda Gates will not claim alimony in the divorce from Microsoft founder Bill Gates, writes TMZ with reference to her divorce application, a copy of which was at the disposal of the publication.
According to TMZ, in her statement, she does not ask for any support from her spouse and asks the court to recognize their marriage as “irrevocably dissolved.” Melinda Gates asks the court to resolve all property issues in accordance with the separation agreement.
The separation contract itself is not included in the divorce application, but it follows from the documents that the couple has been living separately for some time and settled all property issues with a previously signed legal agreement. Bill Gates signed a statement of accession to this document, which means that he supports the dissolution of the marriage.
The fact that Bill and Melinda Gates decided to divorce after 27 years of marriage, the Microsoft founder said earlier on Twitter. According to him, they took this step “after much reflection and a lot of work on the relationship.”
Bill Gates met his future wife at a Microsoft press briefing in 1987. At that time, Melinda was named French and worked in the company as a sales manager. In 1994, the couple married in Hawaii, after which Melinda left the company and focused on children and family. In their marriage, they had three children-daughters Jennifer and Phoebe, and son Rory, all of whom have already reached the age of 18.
In 2000, the Microsoft founder and his wife founded the foundation, whose main goals are stated to increase the availability of health care, fight poverty, and expand access to information technology and education. Melinda and Bill Gates are its founders and trustees. The Washington Post points out that Melinda actually ran the foundation with her father-in-law, Bill Gates Sr., while her husband continued to work full-time at Microsoft.
The trustee of the fund, in addition to Bill and Melinda Gates, is an American investor Warren Buffett, this organization is the largest private fund in the United States. The total amount of grants paid by the fund, as of the fourth quarter of 2019, is $ 54.8 billion. According to Forbes, Gates ‘ fortune is estimated at $ 130 billion, he is the fourth richest person in the world and the third richest person in the United States. According to Land Report, he is also the largest private landowner in the United States: he owns more than 1 thousand square kilometers of land, including 979.3 square kilometers of farmland in 19 states; the largest holdings are in Louisiana, Arkansas, Arizona, and Nebraska.