How will Melinda and Bill Gates split their net worth now that the billionaires are divorcing? As of Monday, the two share a spot on the Forbes list of the wealthiest people, and they have made no comment on how the net worth of $130 billion will be divided. People have turned to Jeff Bezos and Mackenzie Scott’s 2019 divorce for insight. It seems that if the Gates’ divorce is anything like the Bezos’, Melinda will automatically become one of the wealthiest women in the world.
The Gates family began building its fortune when Microsoft went public, originally valued at $61 million, and Bill made $1.6 million from selling shares. Today, Bill owns 1.34 percent of the company and is known for keeping his money in various investments. While Bill uses Cascade Investment LLC to manage his investments, he has more public assets such as his $131.14 million home in Seattle and $35.87 million property in Florida.
In addition to Bill’s real estate spending, he is also known for his collection of jet planes and automobiles. Those assets are trumped by his actual collectibles such as Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Codex Leicester” for $30.8 million; Andrew Wyeth’s “Distant Thunder” for $7 million in 1996; William Merritt Chase’s “The Nursery” for $10 million in 1997; Frederick Childe Hassam’s work “Room of Flowers” for $20 million in 1998; Winslow Homer’s “Lost on The Grand Banks” for $36 million in 1998; and George Bellow’s “Polo Crowd” for $28 million in 1999.
The Gates launched the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000, which holds more than $51 billion in assets. In their announcement, the couple promised that they would continue to “work together at the foundation,” and so it appears that the nonprofit will not be an issue when it comes to drawing up the divorce papers.
In 2019, Melinda revealed how much she wanted an equal partnership in her marriage with Bill. “The good news,” she said, “was [Bill] had a mom who both was at home and working. She did many things in the community and was on several boards.” In her book “The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World,” the philanthropist wrote about equality in a marriage.