Bill Gates and his wife failed to sign prenuptial agreements before their wedding, putting the billionaire’s wealth at stake
Bill Gates has no prenup, $130 billion fortune at stake
Bill Gates and his wife Melinda did not sign a prenuptial agreement before their 1994 wedding, meaning the Microsoft founder’s assets will be on the line when the two divorce after 27 years.
“Lawyers are surprised there was no prenup, given that Bill had already earned his first billion dollars at age 31, in 1987, the same year he met Melinda. Now, his myriad assets are on the line,” The daily post reported Tuesday.
“In her divorce petition, Melinda says child support is “not an issue,” meaning she will not seek regular payments from Bill, but will accept a settlement that is likely to be negotiated privately, if not already negotiated,” the British newspaper said.
Bill, 65, has appointed his billionaire lawyer friend, Charlie T. Munger, 97, to represent him in his divorce. What is not yet clear is who is representing Melinda.
In papers filed in Washington state, where the couple currently lives, Melinda, 56, said their marriage was “Irrowerbreakable Broken.”
In a joint explanation posted Monday on their Twitter accounts, the couple said their work with the Gate Foundation continues, but not their marriage.
“After much thought and hard work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the two said in a brief explanation on Twitter