BILL Gates’ divorce from his wife has been in the works for more than two years after she reportedly spoke to lawyers back in 2019, it has been revealed.
The business magnate announced last week he and Melinda would be parting ways after 27 years of marriage.
Melinda reportedly wen tot divorce lawyers two years agoCredit: Getty Images
But although a shock announcement to many, Melinda had actually consulted with divorce lawyers for the first time around two years before she filed for divorce from Bill, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Melinda reportedly had been working with firms for months on end to put an end to her marriage to Microsoft co-founder Bill.
The 56-year-old philanthropist then filed papers in court confirming that the marriage was “irretrievably broken”.
It comes after sources claimed the divorce was “not friendly” and the split has been a “long time coming”.
Melinda reportedly rented a $132,000-a-night Caribbean private island for her family earlier this year during the “acrimonious” split from Microsoft co-founder Bill.
The philanthropist fled to Calivigny Island in Grenada with her three children to escape media scrutiny, sources told TMZ.
The split was branded “unfriendly” as Melinda headed to the island while lawyers were frantically trying to finalize a settlement.
All family members, except Bill, were reportedly invited to the 80-acre Caribbean hideaway.
Insiders claim Bill was not invited as “there was a considerable amount of acrimony associated with the split”.
The pair announced their split on Twitter last week, citing that the marriage was “irretrievably broken”.
However, the couple are going to continue with their charity work at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
“We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives,” Bill said.
“We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”
Melinda tweeted an identical statement to her Twitter account.
Melinda joined Microsoft in 1987 and met Bill at a business dinner in New York City.
After a year of dating, it was reported that Bill had to make a pros and cons list about getting married.
The couple eventually married on January 1, 1994 in Hawaii.
Melinda’s net worth is around $70billion, according to Spears.
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