Bill Gates and his wife Melinda did not sign a prenuptial agreement to divide their fortune, which includes properties in five states, a private jet, an art collection and a fleet of luxury cars.
The divorce papers filed by Melinda in Washington and obtained by the Daily Mail show Melinda did not ask for spousal support and has requested a trial date in April 2022.
However, it is unlikely the divorce will go to trial with the former couple referring to a separation contract, which includes information on finances pertaining to two of the couple’s children.
The pair own a private jet and a number of properties including their main home in Washington and houses in California, Florida, Wyoming and Massachusetts. Their family home is a 66,000 square foot mansion, which was purchased for $US2 million ($A2.5 million) and was redesigned over seven years at a cost of $US63 million.
It is now worth an estimated $US125 million ($A161 million) and features seven bedrooms, a reported 18 bathrooms, an art-deco cinema, a dining room that can seat 24, an indoor-outdoor pool with an underwater music system, an artificial stream stocked with salmon and trout and reportedly a beach with imported sand.
There’s also a trampoline room, a reception hall that can seat 150 people for dinner or 200 for a cocktail party, a library with secret pivoting bookcases with a bar hidden inside one.
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The Gates also count a $US59 million ($A76 million) ranch in Florida and a Wyoming ranch worth $US9 million ($A11.6 million) in their property portfolio, which has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a guesthouse, caretaker’s house, dairy cabin, stable and a hut located in the middle of a lake.
Two homes in California, one with a racetrack, orchard and fives barns with spaces for 50 hours was purchased for $US18 million ($A23 million) and another for $US43 million ($A55 million) features six bedrooms and four bathrooms.
Bill is a car lover and owns a Porsche 930 Turbo, a Jaguar XJ6, a Ferrari 348 and a rare Porsche 959, which was held up for 13 years by US customs. Most recently, he purchased an electric car, the Porsche Taycan.
The former couple announced their split over three decades after their romance blossomed at Microsoft, the company he co-founded that made him a billionaire.
The former couple met at Microsoft in 1987 after Melinda started working there as a product manager, hitting it off when they sat next to each other at a work dinner. Melinda said it took him quite a few months to ask her out.
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The two married in Hawaii in 1994, seven years after meeting. He was 38 at the time and she was 29, and the couple went on to have three children together: Jennifer, 25, Rory, 21, and Phoebe, 18.
Mr Gates, 65, is the fourth richest person in the world, and is estimated to be worth $US130.5 billion ($A168 billion), according to Forbes, after he became the world’s youngest self-made billionaire when Microsoft went public in 1986.
Bloomberg’s Billionaire’s Index values Mr Gate’s fortune even higher at $US145.8 ($A187.9 billion). The couple’s divorce comes after 27 years of marriage.