Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, may fall from number four to number seventeen on the Forbes billionaires list after splitting his fortune with his 27-year-old wife, according to DailyMail.
According to Forbes, Jeff Bezos is the richest person in the world, worth $177 billion, followed by Elon Musk ($151 billion), Bernard Arnault & family ($150 billion), and Bill Gates ($124 billion).
Bill, 64, is the world’s fourth richest man, but his wealth could be in jeopardy after he and his wife, Melinda, issued a joint statement on Twitter on Monday about their divorce.
Melinda also said in her court petition that she wants their assets split. In March 2022, the divorce is scheduled to be finalized.
When Melinda was employed as a project manager at Microsoft in 1987, she was seated next to Bill Gates at a business dinner. Their marriage resulted in the birth of three children.
Microsoft was founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, almost 20 years before he married Melinda. By 1978, the company had produced $1 million in revenue, and by 1987, he had become the world’s youngest billionaire. That was the year he met Melinda.
In 2008, he left his day-to-day job at Microsoft and became chairman of the board of directors, a position he held until 2014. Last year, he resigned from the Microsoft board of directors as well as the Berkshire Hathaway board of directors.
Bill and Melinda’s divorce is the most high-profile since Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, split their $137 billion fortune after his affair ended their 25-year marriage.
In April 2019, their divorce was finalized, with Jeff holding 75 percent of the couple’s stock and MacKenzie keeping a 4% interest in Amazon – about 19.7 million shares worth $35 billion at the time.
Scott is the world’s third richest individual, with a net worth of $61.4 billion, thanks to a $30.3 billion increase in Amazon stock during the COVID-19 pandemic last year.
Bezos, meanwhile, saw a huge windfall as his net worth rose to 201.4 billion.