Bill and Melinda Gates announced their divorce this week. A break that ends 27 years of marriage. During this time, the couple fought for several causes ranging from global health to education thanks to the foundation bearing their name. The Gates also worked with billionaire investor Warren Buffet to set up The Giving Pledge.
On May 3, a Securities and Exchange Commission file reported a transfer of $ 1.8 billion of shares to Melinda Gates. Note that this investment company called Cascade Investment belongs to Bill Gates. A significant transfer that includes 14 million shares of the Canadian National Railway Company. All worth about $ 1.5 billion. 2.9 million AutoNation shares were also part of the $ 309 million lot.
– Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 3, 2021
“This marriage is irretrievably broken off”
Last Monday, the Microsoft co-founder announced on Twitter “After a lot of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage.” “Over the past 27 years, we have raised three amazing children and built a foundation that works around the world to enable everyone to lead healthy and productive lives,” he continued.
Bill Gates made his fortune through Microsoft, of which he is the co-founder. According to Forbes magazine, the value of his fortune is over $ 100 billion. Bill left Microsoft in 2008 and left his place on the company’s board last year.
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