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Jeff Bezos has begun trending online as people start to compare his divorce settlement on Melinda Gates' potential payout...

It comes after news broke over the weekend that Bill and Melinda Gates are getting divorced.

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The couple announced their divorce after 27 years of marriage...

Now we all know Gates as the mastermind behind Microsoft - one of the largest tech companies in the world.

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The 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.

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College 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...

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And they were wild about computers. But they were living in an age wherein access to computers was sparse, so they would often skip class together and sneak into their school's only computer room.

Though they didn't get expelled for this...

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Nope. The school were actually so impressed by their computer skills that, instead of punishing the boys, they offered them unlimited computer time in exchange for help with improving the school computer's performance.

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...

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Fast forward a couple of years and the pair had created their company, Microsoft. The name Microsoft came from a blend of the words "micro-computer" and "software," and was officially launched in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1976.

Microsoft went from strength to strength.

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After 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...

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Bill, who became Microsoft's standing CEO, took the company to new heights and continued to release ground-breaking software and operational systems for computers.

It seems that Bill has experienced nothing but success with Microsoft.

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The 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...

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And 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...

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And they've donated hundreds of millions of dollars over the years to numerous charities and organizations around the world.

But just days ago...

News emerged that the couple are getting divorced.

TMZ broke the news.

Announcing that the couple revealed their divorce in a joint statement.

The statement reads:

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"Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives."

It continued:

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"We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in the next phase of our lives."

The Gates' net worth is estimated at more than $130 billion.

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Which of course has led many people to ask about one thing in particular... the divorce settlement.

As Gates currently sit as the fourth wealthiest man on Earth, questions have turned to their divorce settlement.

With many comparing it to the split between Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott.

Bezos and Scott's divorce settlement became the biggest in history back in 2019, when gave Bezos gave Scott a 4% stake in Amazon and shares worth a staggering $38 billion.

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As a result, Scott became the wealthiest woman in the world when her shares surged .

So, with Gates worth an estimated $130 billion, as per Forbes, people are naturally wondering what Melinda's payout will be.

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