Bill And Melinda Gates Are Divorcing After 27 Years – What Happens To Their $146 Billion Fortune?

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Thirty minutes ago Bill Gates posted a message to Twitter announcing that he and Melinda Gates, his wife of nearly three decades, were separating. Honestly I'm still a little stunned at the news. They always seemed like a happy couple with mutual dedication to each other and philanthropy. They literally run a philanthropic organization called "The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation". Contrast to when Jeff Bezos announced he and MacKenzie were separating. That was easier to grasp. Jeff is a little younger than Bill and in recent years had physically transformed from a geeky CEO to a muscle-bound world titan. It wasn't a total shock to learn that Jeff Bezos would throw it all out the window for a busty former weather girl.

Here's the announcement Bill just posted to Twitter:

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— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 3, 2021

Before this announcement, Bill Gates was the fourth-richest person in the world with a net worth of $146 billion. He trailed Bernard Arnault ($155 billion), Elon Musk ($175 billion) and Jeff Bezos ($203 billion).

Bill spent the better part of two+ decades as the richest person in the world, a crown he gave up to Jeff Bezos in July 2017.

Interestingly, Bill's net worth today is actually not heavily connected to the company he co-founded, Microsoft. When Microsoft went public in 1986, he owned 45% of the company. Today he owns less than 1.3% of Microsoft's outstanding shares. He has spent the last two decades selling off huge blocks of Microsoft to diversify and to fund The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Bloomberg has already removed Bill from their top 10 list. I dont see Bill in their top 100. I think no one knows what to do with this information.

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