Microsoft founder Bill Gates (65) and his wife Melinda French Gates (56) officially divorced on the 2nd (local time).
The two agreed to divide Gates’ property worth about 175 trillion won, but details were not disclosed.
On the same day, a court in King County, Washington State, the United States, announced that the couple’s divorce was finalized, saying that the Bill Gates’ marriage was “irreparably ruined”, Fox Business, an economic media outlet, and others reported.
It has been three months since the announcement on May 3 that they had agreed to a breakup.
As a result, the couple separated completely after 27 years of marriage.
Business Insider, citing court documents, reported that the Bill Gates and the couple had agreed to a property division agreement, the details of which were unknown.
The court ordered the division of the property between the two people to be “fair and equitable”, and to divide the property according to the terms of the contract.
A division agreement is a document that sets out how property, debts, and legal expenses in the divorce proceedings will be divided.
According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Bill Gates is the fourth-richest person in the world, with a net worth of $152 billion.
It has been confirmed that there is no spousal support that Bill Gates has to pay to Melinda Gates other than the division of the property.
When Fox Business started discussing the division of property, both sides reinforced legal teams to prepare for disputes, but said, “It seems that an amicable agreement has been reached.”
In addition, when the two announced their divorce three months ago, there was speculation that they had reached a premarital agreement on property division, but as a result of checking the court documents, the entertainment media TMZ reported that there was no premarital agreement.
According to Bloomberg News, “The Gates and the couple have drawn up a court-approved property division agreement, which will remain private.”
The amount of fortune Melinda Gates secured under the split-off agreement was not disclosed.
However, Melinda Gates reported to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that immediately after the divorce announcement, he had taken over the stock of four companies worth $2.4 billion (2.76 trillion won) to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It is assumed that it will continue.
At that time, Melinda Gates received 25.8 million shares of Coca-Cola Femsa, Mexico, 155.4 million shares of Mexican broadcaster Grupo Televisa, 2.94 million shares of Autonation, and 14.1 million shares of Canadian National Railways. no see.
The couple had three children, but neither of them were minors, so custody or child support was not included in the court’s divorce decree.
Melinda Gates also signed the divorce papers, but did not ask the court to change her name.
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates started dating in 1987 and got married in 1994. In 2000, they co-founded the world’s largest private charitable foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
When the couple announced their divorce in May, they said they would continue to jointly run the foundation, but now that the divorce has been finalized, there is a possibility that they will split up in the operation of the foundation, CNBC reported.
After the announcement of the divorce, Bill Gates was caught up in a series of scandals, including rumors of an affair with a Microsoft employee, and a spokesperson for Bill Gates denied the affair, saying, “It is very disappointing that many false facts about the reasons for divorce have been reported.”