Bill and Melinda Gates' divorce is FINALIZED three months after they announced ...

Bill and Melinda Gates' divorce is FINALIZED three months after they announced ...
Bill and Melinda Gates' divorce is FINALIZED three months after they announced ...

Bill and Melinda Gates' divorce has been finalized nearly three months after they announced their 27-year marriage had come to an end.  

The billionaire Microsoft founder, 65, and his wife, 56, shocked the world when they took to Twitter to break the news of their divorce back on May 4. 

They tweeted that they 'no longer believe we can grow together as a couple' but they will still continue to work together at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Three months later a judge of the Superior Court of the State of Washington for King County signed off on the divorce on Monday.

There was no prenup and the couple instead divided their assets based on a separation contract with undisclosed terms.

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The settlement between Gates, whose net worth is estimated at more than $130billion, and his ex could leave Melinda with over $65billion, TMZ reported. Melinda has also indicated that she will keep Gates as her last name.

When reflecting on his marriage with Melinda Gates was reportedly on the verge of tears at last month's ‘billionaire summer camp’ as he ‘fessed up to messing up’

When reflecting on his marriage with Melinda Gates was reportedly on the verge of tears at last month's ‘billionaire summer camp’ as he ‘fessed up to messing up’ 

Melinda did not request to change her name either and child support does not apply since their three children are all legally adults (L-R: Melinda, Jennifer, Rory and Phoebe Gates)

Melinda did not request to change her name either and child support does not apply since their three children are all legally adults (L-R: Melinda, Jennifer, Rory and Phoebe Gates)

In the wake of the divorce announcement Bill has been accused of 'womanizing' and sexually harassing colleagues during his time at Microsoft.  

Their relationship reportedly began to unravel after Melinda read the letter a Microsoft employee wrote in 2019 detailing her billionaire husband's 'inappropriate' sexual relationship with a female staff member. 

Two decades after the 2000 affair, Gates was removed from Microsoft's board of directors as it investigated his prior romantic relationship with an employee, which 'ended amicably'. 

Meanwhile, Melinda did not request to receive spousal support from her now-ex husband but she had already been given $2billion in stocks the day she filed the divorce documents. The next day her estranged husband even added 25 million shares of Mexican Coca-Cola to her portfolio.

Melinda did not request to change her name either and child support does not apply since their three children are all legally adults. 

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But it has long been known that the Gates children will not be inheriting their parents' wealth. In 2014 Gates announced at a TED Conference in Canada

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