Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates finalize divorce

On August 2, 2021 Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates finalized their divorce pursuant to a separation contract.   They had been married for 27 years.  Bill Gates started Microsoft in 1975 with Paul Allen and he served as CEO and Melinda French Gates worked at Microsoft from 1987 to 1996.  They met in 1987, married in 1994, and launched their charitable foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000.   At the time of their divorce, they were still co-chairs and trustees.  However in the month before the divorce was finalized, the Foundation said that Melinda French Gates will resign if after two years either of the two concludes that they cannot work together.  According to Bloomberg, Bill Gates is the world’s fourth wealthiest person with a net worth of $152 billion.  Not surprisingly the separation contract was not filed with the Court.