Bill Gates and his wife Melinda did not sign a prenuptial agreement before their 1994 wedding, which means the Microsoft founder’s $130 billion fortune will be in play as the two divorce after 27 years of marriage.
“Lawyers are shocked there was no prenup, given Bill had already made his first billion dollars at the age of 31 in 1987 – the same year he met Melinda. Now, their myriad assets are up for grabs,” The Daily Mail reported on Tuesday.
“In her petition for divorce, Melinda says spousal support is ‘not needed’ – meaning she won’t seek regular payments from Bill but take a settlement which is likely to be privately negotiated, if it hasn’t already been decided upon,” the U.K. paper said.
Bill, 65, has hired billionaire lawyer friend Charlie T. Munger, 97, to represent him in his divorce. It’s unclear who is representing Melinda.
In documents filed in Washington state, where the couple lives, Melinda, 56, said their marriage was