On May 3, Bill Gates y Melinda Gates, surprised the world with the news of their divorce, after 27 years of relationship. The couple, who accumulate a millionaire fortune, assured that “after thinking a lot and working hard on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage.”
Both published a statement on their social networks in which they also mentioned that they raised three “incredible children” throughout this time: Jennifer, Rory y Phoebe, who are 25, 21 and 18 years old respectively.
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Of these young people, the eldest daughter is the one who has the most public life, as Rory has her private social media accounts and the youngest is not known much information.
Until now, Jennifer Gates she has been the only one who has spoken publicly about the news of the separation. “Many of you will have heard the news that my parents are separating. It is a complex time for our entire family. I am still trying to learn how to process my and my family’s emotions right now, and I am grateful that I have the space to do so. I will not comment further on the separation, but please know that your kind words and support mean a lot to me, “he wrote a few days ago.
The young woman graduated from the biology career Human at Stanford University, one of the most prestigious institutions in the United States. He is now studying medicine at the Icahn Medical School at Mount Sinai, New York.
According to Vanity Fair magazine, Gates lives in an apartment his parents gave him on Fifth Avenue in the so-called ‘capital of the world’. She is currently engaged to the horseman Nayel Nassar, who also resides in that city.
In the case of the only child in the family Gates, he has reached the age of majority and, according to Hola magazine, lives in the ‘Xanadu 2.0’ mansion that his parents have in Seattle, Washington. He studied computer science and economics at Duke University, the same degree as his mother. They say that he is a lover of poetry and he keeps his life very private.
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Finally the youngest daughter Phoebe Adele she is passionate about ballet. According to the magazine, she has studied at the American Ballet Theater School. He studied at the same school as his brothers and father. Few details are known about her, but she also lives with her parents.
What will happen to the children?
Although the conditions under which Bill and Melinda Gates will separate are not yet known, divorce in the United States is carried out according to the laws of each state, in this case, those of Washington.
According to the Northwest Justice Project, this is a state that handles “no fault” divorce. That is, you do not need to show that a spouse was “at fault.” Only irreconcilable differences should be proved.
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In the statement, the couple announced “we no longer believe that we can grow together as a couple in this next stage of our lives.”
The organization explains that the divorce process could take approximately 90 days and in the case of the Gates family, at that time it must be defined with whom the youngest daughter will live, since the other two are already of legal age. Jennifer even no longer resides with them in the mansion and her project is to marry her partner in the near future.
The couple has been emphatic that their children they will not be the heirs of all of their money, as they have decided that most of it will be donated to science and charitable causes.
Hola magazine cites that on one occasion the founder of Microsoft He said: “My children have had a magnificent education and also money, so there is no reason why they should be poor, they all have the tools to get ahead. You are doing them no favors by inheriting large amounts of wealth. My fortune is dedicated to helping the poorest ”. Then he added: “leaving all my money to my children would be irresponsible.”
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For this reason, a decision that had already been made is that each child will inherit 10 million dollars. What is still uncertain is the percentage that each will receive when the assets that both have are separated.