After a 27-year marriage, Bill and Melinda Gates have formally divorced.
According to a court document, the wealthy couple, who are co-founders of one of the world’s largest private charitable foundations, divorced on Monday, August 2nd.
The couple’s relationship was “irretrievably broken,” according to Melinda French Gates’ divorce suit, which was filed on May 3.
The divorce document, which was finalized on Monday, stated that she would not be changing her name and that she would not be paying spousal support, which French Gates said was not required in her original file.
In the divorce, no money, property, or spousal support judgments were issued by the court. The pair must comply by the provisions of the separation contract, which was not filed in King County Superior Court, according to the court.
In a joint statement issued in May, Gates, 65, and French Gates, 56, said they no longer “think we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.”
“We have made the choice to end our marriage after much thought and work on our relationship,” they said in the statement.
“Over the past 27 years, we’ve raised three amazing children and built a foundation that works around the world to ensure that everyone can enjoy healthy, productive lives.”
Following their divorce, they also vowed to continue running The Gates Foundation together. According to the foundation’s financial records, its assets are worth almost $50 billion.
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