Melinda Gates Was Meeting w/ Divorce Lawyers Since 2019 to End Marriage

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Eldest daughter Jennifer penned her own tribute, posting a photo of her and her siblings with Melinda to Instagram, captioning it: "Our queen, hero and mum- every day".

Last week, The Daily Beast reported that Melinda was "furious" after she and her then-husband met with Epstein back in 2013.

Gates also said that he regretted "ever" meeting the paedophile and recognized the acquaintance as an "error in judgement". "It turned out that was a bad judgment".

When the couple announced earlier this week that they are divorcing after 27 years of marriage, they gave no official reason for the split.

"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". The details of how the billionaire couple will split their Dollars 145 billion fortune have now surfaced online but the two have made it clear that they will, however, continue to work at their charity project Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. "We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life", the joint statement read.

The couple said that they plan on remaining co-chairs and trustees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

A spokesperson for Melinda reportedly did not respond to questions about why they split, while a source close to Bill said he stands by his 2019 statement about Epstein.

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"I originally thought [the rumour] would be self-defeating from groundless sources, but I didn't expect it to get more insane, ' she wrote in Mandarin". Her husband and several employees continued with the meetings, per the Journal. The 56-year-old shared a throwback picture on Twitter, featuring her three kids - Phoebe, 18, Jennifer, 25, and Rory, 21 - and wrote: "I love being their mother".

Gates' net worth is listed by Forbes as $181 billion, making him the world's fourth richest man behind Jeff Bezos ($272b), Bernard Arnault ($254b) and Elon Musk ($231b). In fact, Melinda had already been meeting with lawyers, however, with the couple negotiating their divorce throughout the Covid-19 pandemic until their shock announcement last Monday, the report noted.

"I thought we were going to kill each other", she wrote.

That divorce ended in a massive settlement.

It is publicly unclear why the couple is divorcing.

On the same day, the firm transferred more than 2.9 million shares of AutoNation to Melinda, a separate filing showed.

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