Bill Gates, one of the richest people in the world, announced on Monday that he and his wife Melinda Gates will be filing for divorce. The couple was married for 27 years and share three children together: Jennifer, Phoebe, and Rory.
Gates, 65, whose net worth is an estimated $124 billion in 2021, announced their separation with a joint statement on Twitter. While the founders of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation asked “for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life,” users online wondered if the billionaires signed a prenuptial agreement before they tied the knot.
Details of a prenuptial agreement are typically kept private, but according to a 1997 New York Times article, the Gates’ did obtain one before marriage.
Keonfamilylaw.com also reports that the Gates signed a prenup:
After their marriage in 1994, Microsoft founder Bill Gates reportedly had his wife sign a prenuptial, perhaps in consideration of the preservation of his company and its shareholders. Washington State, where Gates resides, is a community property state. In the event of divorce, absent a prenuptial agreement, half of Bill Gates 24% holdings in Microsoft could be in unfriendly hands.
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