Breaking news came in yesterday that Bill and Melinda Gates were getting divorced after 27 years.
Now some have begun to speculate about the cost of this pricey divorce ...
Bill and Melinda Gates are getting divorced.
The couple have announced their divorce after 27 years of marriage.
Gates is the mastermind behind Microsoft - one of the largest tech companies in the world.
via: GettyThe company wrote and developed one of the most-used computer software in the world. According to Forbes, Microsoft is the third biggest company in the world, with an estimated worth of $947 billion dollars.
Not bad for a college drop out...
Yep, Bill never actually graduated. He initially left Seattle and enrolled at Harvard University in the fall of 1973, aiming for a career in law after pressure from his parents. However, he would spend more time in the computer lab than he would in class, and he rarely studied for his exams.
He dropped out of college in 1975.
via: GettyCollege life isn't for everyone. A mere 2 years after enrolling, Bill left Harvard and re-joined his partner, Paul Allen, whom he had started a small computer company with when he was just fifteen. Beats what I was doing when I was fifteen...
Bill and Paul were childhood friends...
Though they didn't get expelled for this...
The boys started a small company from the school.Instead of going to parties, smoking cigarettes round the back of the bikesheds, or partaking in any of the other generic high school shenanigans, Bill and Paul actually launched their first computer company while in high school, labeled Traf-O-Data. They even sold a computer to the City of Seattle, which was then used to count traffic.
Cue the birth of Microsoft...
Microsoft went from strength to strength.
via: GettyAfter nearly ten years of writing and developing the Microsoft operating systems, the company released its crowning achievement in 1985: Microsoft Windows.
Windows became the staple computer operating system.
All you '80s and '90s kids will certainly remember that iconic Windows logo. The software, which was a multitasking environment for IBM computers, would come to dominate the world's personal computers (PCs), and made Bill a billionaire by the age of thirty-one.
And he didn't stop there...
It seems that Bill has experienced nothing but success with Microsoft.
via: GettyThe fact that he's one of the world's richest men alone tells you everything you need to know, doesn't it? Microsoft is one of the world's most respected companies, and I, for one, can't picture anything ever going wrong for them.
And throughout all of his successes...
Bill had his wife, Melinda, by his side.
They have been married since 1994...
via: GettyAnd they have accomplished a hell of a lot together, including setting up the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which aims to reduce poverty and enhance healthcare in the United States.
They're also known for being incredibly generous...
via: GettyAnd they've donated hundreds of millions of dollars over the years to numerous charities and organizations around the world.
But just yesterday ...
News emerged that the couple are getting divorced.
TMZ broke the news.
Announcing that the couple revealed their divorce in a joint statement.
Now people have begun to speculate on the cost of the divorce.
How much will be cost the divorce between Melinda and Bill gates, the Lawyer could get retired after this process ☺️— Jepherson Guevara (@JEPHERSONCONH) May 4, 2021
As the pair have to split their whopping $130bn fortune.
It's the largest division of assets since Jeff Bezos' divorce in 2019.
When Mackenzie Bezos walked away with 25% of the fortune - around $35.8b worth of Amazon shares.
Thre's no prenup between the pair.
Meaning a 50/50 split is more likely - though this could take a lot of time to divide up.
Is this does happen, we could see Bill drop from number four to number seven on the official billionaires' index.
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