Bill and Melinda Gates’ marriage is coming to an end. They were together for decades, and the Microsoft founder has more than enough money to go around. Neither of them will ever want for money, that’s for sure.
According to documents obtained by TMZ, Bill Gates gave his soon-to-be ex-wife Melinda Gates $1.8 billion in stock on the day she filed for divorce.
It is reported that this is a sign that the two were thinking about property settlement long before the news went public. Bill transferred millions of shares into two companies to Melinda on the day that the announcement dropped.
Bill’s investment firm, Cascade Investment LLC, sent Melinda more than 14 million shares of Canadian National Railway Co. and more than 2.9 million shares of AutoNation Inc … according to docs obtained by TMZ.
Those shared accumulated to a net worth of $1.8 billion, and that includes about $1.53 billion in Canadian National Railway shares and about $310 million in AutoNation shares.
The Gates divorce might not be so messy. Bill Gates has a net worth of $130.5 billion, so $1.8 billion for Melinda obviously wasn’t that big of a deal.