BILL and Melinda Gates are ending their marriage after 27 years.
The Microsoft co-founder and his wife revealed the news in identical tweets.
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Melinda Gates in 2018[/caption]
What is Melinda Gates’ maiden name?
Melinda Gates was born Melinda Ann French on August 15, 1964, in Dallas, Texas.
She was one of four children – with an older sister and two brothers.
Gates would develop an interest in computers as a teen and would graduate as valedictorian from Ursuline Academy of Dallas in 1982.
She earned a Bachelor’s degree in computer science and economics from Duke University in 1986 and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in 1987.
Melinda and Bill Gates[/caption]
Melinda began dating Bill Gates in 1987, after meeting him in New York City, and they were married in Hawaii in 1994.
She had been a marketing manager at Microsoft when they met.
A longtime philanthropost, Melinda served as a general manager at Microsoft.
Melinda and Bill share three children – Phoebe, Jennifer and Rory.
The couple in New York City in 2018[/caption]
How will Bill and Melinda split their wealth and property?
The pair having a combined staggering net worth of $130billion.
The Sun has seen their court documents, which makes clear they have no pre-nup. Instead, they have asked the judge to grant their separation date as the official divorce date.
As they have no prenup, it is understood the couple will split their property according to a separation contract.
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“My guess is they’re going to work this out very privately, and that they will both be very comfortable with the way it turns out.” lawyer Randy Kessler told Yahoo.
“I cannot imagine that she won’t be happy or he won’t be happy, financially.”
On Twitter on Monday, the two wrote: “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage.”