In this Feb 1, 2019, file photo, Bill and Melinda Gates smile at each other during an interview in Kirkland, Wash. Photo: AP file
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Bill and Melinda Gates file for divorce after 27 years of marriage

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Bill's about to find out that alimony actually means "all the money."

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They are worth $110 billion which they had intended to donate. They have said they will continue to work together with their foundation.

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Bill's about to find out that alimony actually means "all the money."

Which legal code is that?

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Somehow I envy their honesty.

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News is coming in that there was no "pre-nup". What a rookie mistake by Gates. Should have gone to a lawyer when married. He will lose half his empire.

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Forget Catholicism, it's not really a sad idea that marriage is contractual (and theirs won't just get renewed for another term). At least Bill and Melinda has made a silver jubilee or 25 year anniversary.

"Til death do us part" pledge seems obsolete. People have been living longer while nearly 30 year union used to be judged as being happy and fulfilled (yet hard to attain as life end nears).

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We married the same year and still going strong.

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I find it amazing that people of such extreme wealth and privilege are able to stay married for as long as they have. Given the dire state of marriage in the West there doesn’t seem to be any purpose for someone like Bill Gates to even consider marriage. There is no benefit to it at all - only downsides. Well, I guess that since he is so into charitable giving he can feel satisfied about the billions Melinda will be getting out of him in the divorce settlement.

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I don’t know why, but this makes me sad. They’ve done much good, and I have no doubt they will continue. But still, sad.

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I don't think Microsoft was Bill's original idea.

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News is coming in that there was no "pre-nup". What a rookie mistake by Gates. Should have gone to a lawyer when married. He will lose half his empire.

His empire is the foundation. Her empire is the foundation as well. They have already have said the kids get an education and some starter money and that's it. Everything else goes to the foundation. Most likely all the money is in trust anyway so we'll never know for sure what happens. The divorce likely means she'll have a lot more autonomy on how the foundation spends half the funds.

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Who cares and even though they will get divorced, we still have to hear their voices.

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Who cares and even though they will get divorced, we still have to hear their voices.

Hearing voices, I knew it.

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Somehow I envy their honesty.

Yes, but honesty comes a tad easier when you have a serious fortune, like more money than any mortal needs, which should make it easier for the Gateses to arrange an amicable settlement with their children in mind. Living together is never easy for most, but growing old and dying together is even harder, which, reading between the lines, is evidently the point in life they have both reached.

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Even if he gave her 100 billion dollars, he'd still have 10 billion. I don't imagine his life style would change a single bit. The concept of wealth just isn't conventional at their level. It is good that most of their money is supposed to be going to charity.

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Hearing voices, I knew it. 

The power of the Gates is strong.

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...the rumor said, that she refused vaccinaction... :))

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@Mirchy,

”...the rumor said, that she refused vaccinaction... :))”

yer cos she know what’s in it!

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Well, that’s sad. I can’t imagine the adjustment required after being together so long.

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Divorce at 65 and 56? Two people drift apart when the love was gone. Money cannot make a happy marriage.

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Farmboy

Well, that’s sad. I can’t imagine the adjustment required after being together so long.

Have you seen their house. I'm sure they could go days without running into each other.

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