Melinda and Bill Gates Finalize Divorce After Filing in May

by Chris Haney

On Monday, a judge finalized Melinda and Bill Gates’ very public divorce, according to court documents obtained by Fox Business.

As of August 2, the power couple’s 27-year marriage has officially come to an end. Today, a judge signed off on the Gates’ divorce, which brings an end to the divorce proceedings that began back in May.

“This marriage is irretrievably broken,” their filing reads, according to a Fox Business report. The divorce ruling also states that both parties “should be ordered to comply with the terms of the separation contract.”

Melinda Gates, 56, filed the initial papers with the intent of divorcing her husband Bill Gates, 65, in May. The original filing mirrored today’s documents. The initial petition also stated that the couple’s marriage is “irretrievably broken.”

Additionally, the original filing shared that the couple did not have a prenuptial agreement. Further, it did reveal that they planned on following a pre-written separation agreement to divide their assets. While the couple’s “separation contract” isn’t fully explained, it does decide what assets will go to each party.

Today’s finalized divorce filing also states that neither Bill Gates or his now ex-wife will receive spousal support. In addition, Melinda will keep Gates as her last name following the divorce. The filings didn’t include child support or custody agreements since their children are all adults.

Melinda Gates Files For Divorce From Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates

On May 3, Melinda and Bill Gates shared their plans to divorce with the world in identical posts on Twitter. While they announced plans to officially separate, they decided to continue to work together at their mutual foundation. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a merged charitable foundation that combined is the largest in the world.

In their initial announcement on Twitter, their joint statement touched on their relationship, their children, and the couple’s foundation.

“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” Bill Gates and Melinda Gates’ posts read.

“We have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives,” it continued.

“We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life,” their statement concluded.

In 1994, Melinda and Bill Gates tied the knot in a ceremony that took place in Hawaii. The couple met after Melinda started working at Microsoft in 1987 as a product manager. They share three children together from their 27-year marriage.

Considering Bill Gates is one of the richest individuals in the world, some assumed it could take months to finalize their divorce. Yet it seems that the couple were able to come to an amicable agreement within only two months.