Melinda Gates is the one who filed for divorce from Bill Gates – and the billionaire couple of philanthropists apparently did not have a prenuptial agreement, court documents reveal.
Melinda, 56, writes that the marriage was “irrevocably broken” when the reason for the divorce was stated, according to the declaration received from TMZ.
The document, filed Monday at the King’s County Court in Seattle, Washington, said the couple had a “separation agreement” but no preparation.
The separation agreement is usually signed at the end of the marriage and sets out the terms of the separation.
This contract was not included in the divorce case, but it will obviously dictate how the couple will divide their assets.
Gates’ fortune is estimated at more than $ 100 billion, so it’s perhaps not surprising that Melinda doesn’t want marital support, according to the filing.
She and Bill, a 65-year-old co-founder of Microsoft and former richest man in the world, announced on Monday that they would separate after 24 years of marriage and 34 years as a couple. They have three adult children: Jennifer at 25, Rory at 21 and Phoebe at 19.
“After much thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we decided to end our marriage,” the two said in a statement.
The two, who met after Melinda joined Microsoft as a product manager in 1987, said they would continue to work together on the well-known charity, which they started in 2000.
“Bill and Melinda will remain co-chairs and trustees of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,” the statement said.
“No changes are planned in their roles or organization. They will continue to work together to shape and approve the foundation’s strategies, advocate for the foundation’s problems, and define the organization’s overall direction. “