Melinda Gates was the one who filed for divorce from Bill Gates – and the billionaire philanthropist couple apparently did not have a marital agreement, court documents reveal.
Melinda, 56, wrote that the marriage was “irrevocably broken” when it emerged for a reason for the divorce, according to the application obtained by TMZ.
The document, filed Monday in King County Superior Court in Seattle, Wa., Notes the couple has a “separation agreement,” but not a prior agreement.
A separation agreement is usually signed at the end of a marriage and contains the terms of the split.
The contract was not included in the divorce apparatus, but will apparently dictate how the couple shares their assets.
Gates’ fortune is estimated at well over $ 100 billion, so it may come as no surprise that Melinda is not asking for spouse support, according to filing.
She and Bill, 65, co-founders of Microsoft and formerly richest person in the world, announced Monday that they would split after 24 years of marriage and 34 years as a couple. They have three grown children: Jennifer, 25, Rory, 21, and Phoebe, 19.
“After a lot of reflection and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” reads a statement from the two.
The couple, who met after Melinda started working for Microsoft as product manager in 1987, said they would continue to work together on the famous charity they launched in 2000.
“Bill and Melinda will remain chairmen and trustees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” the organization said in a statement.
“No changes are planned in their roles or organization. They will continue to work together to shape and approve foundation strategies, advocate for the foundation’s issues, and set the organization’s overall direction. “