BILL and Melinda Gates’ divorce was “not friendly” and the split has been a “long time coming”, sources have claimed.
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.
Sources have claimed Bill and Melinda Gates’ divorce was ‘not friendly’[/caption]
Bill and Melinda Gates with their children Jennifer, Rory and Phoebe[/caption]
Melinda reportedly fled to Calivigny Island in Grenada with her three children during the split[/caption]
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”.
“So here’s the takeaway,” TMZ claimed. “First, we’re told this was not a friendly split.
“We’re told Melinda and most of the family were furious at Bill for various things they claim he had done. Second… it’s clear this divorce has been a long time in the making.”
Calivigny is considered to be one of the most exclusive private islands in the world.
The couple are going to continue with their charity work at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation[/caption]
Melinda and Bill speak during ‘One World: Together At Home’ presented by Global Citizen in 2020[/caption]
The island’s Beach House residence offers 10 luxury suites and the master bedroom has its own jacuzzi room.
The Overhang House boasts stunning views of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, while there are three beach cottages located just minutes away from crystal blue waters.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been approached for comment.
It comes a day after tech mogul Bill Gates gifted $1.8billion in stock after the couple decided to call it quits on Monday.
One of Gates’s holding companies, Cascade Investment, which has positions in various sectors like energy and hospitality, transferred almost $2billion worth of securities to Melinda, Bloomberg Wealth reported.
Bill expressed how a “great deal of thought and a lot of work” was invested to save their marriage, and after his wife admitted that marital life was “really hard”.
Melinda and Bill at The Robin Hood Foundation’s 2018 benefit in New York City[/caption]
The couple married on January 1, 1994 in Hawaii[/caption]
Tech mogul Bill has become a leading figure in the fight against Covid-19[/caption]
Melinda filed papers in court confirming 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.
The couple’s daughter, Jennifer, commented on the divorce in an Instagram story shortly after her parents went public.
The eldest daughter said: “I’m still learning how to best support my own process and emotions as well as my family members at this time and am grateful for the space to do so.
“I won’t personally comment further on anything around the separation, but please know that your kind words and support mean the world to me.”
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.
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The couple eventually married on January 1, 1994 in Hawaii.
Tech mogul Bill, who has become a leading figure in the fight against Covid-19, was the richest man in the world until Amazon’s Jeff Bezos knocked him off his perch in 2017.
Melinda’s net worth is around $70billion, according to Spears.