The announcement of the separation of Bill and Melinda Gates came as a surprise to many. The couple had been together for 27 years and seemed to be happily married. However, after the announcement of the separation, the details of the breakdown in their relationship began to get into the press every now and then .

Bill & Melinda Gates (Photo: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

Business Insider wrote that the couple had officially formalized their divorce. It is clarified that none of the parties asked for a change of surname, and there are no details about the division of property yet. According to analysts, Gatesev’s divorce proceedings could become the most expensive in the world, leaving behind even the breakup of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos with his wife Mackenzie.

Bill and Melinda Gates (Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images)

The couple previously stated that they worked long and hard on the relationship before making a difficult decision. The reason for the divorce could be the contacts of the founder of Microsoft with the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of sexual harassment. Note that after the announcement of the separation, Melinda Gates significantly increased her assets : she received shares of several companies worth about $ 3 billion!

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