Bill Gates, Melinda French Gates divorce official

Written by on August 3, 2021

Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates are now officially divorced, three months after they sensationally announced the end of their 27-year-old marriage.

Washington laws stipulate a 90-day waiting period between when a divorce is filed and finalized.

The marriage dissolution was finalized by a judge Monday in King County Superior Court, Seattle, Washington, according to court records, which detailed that neither party will receive “spousal support” or change their names.

The judge ordered the Gateses to divide their property according to the terms of a separate contract, which remains confidential under the terms of the divorce.

The couple filed for divorce on May 3 after 27 years of marriage but pledged to continue their philanthropic work together.

The Gateses said at the time that they had reached an agreement on how to divide their marital assets.

More than $3 billion worth of shares held by Gates’s Cascade Investment has been transferred to French Gates’s name.

That’s a fraction of their $146 billion fortune at the time of the announcement, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.


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