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12 of the most expensive celebrity divorces ever

INSIDER Logo By kacuna@insider.com (Kirsten Acuna,Erin McDowell) of INSIDER | Slide 2 of 13: How big the settlement could be: The details are still unknown but it could reach $73 billion.Bill Gates is the fourth richest man in the world and has a net worth of $146 billion, according to Bloomberg. The pair met while they were both working at Microsoft in 1987, and they have since collaborated on a number of philanthropic efforts including their joint foundation. According to Forbes, their shared charitable foundation has a trust endowment of $49.8 billion.What exactly will happen to their finances is still unknown. But the Gates family resides in Washington, one of nine states where residents can receive a 50/50 split of marital assets. While that is not mandatory, it suggests Melinda Gates could walk away with as much as $73 billion in assets. Each of the three Gates children is already set to inherit $10 million, with the rest of the couple's wealth going to charity.According to TMZ, the couple had a separation contract, not a prenuptial agreement, prior to filing. A separation agreement is a non-legal document that lists a couple's rights and obligations, including child support and custody, and is signed without involving a court. According to Insider, in the divorce filings, the couple asked that their real property, personal property, and debts to be split according to their separation contract. Melinda Gates did not ask for spousal support, which could indicate the large sum of money she will receive from other assets.What went wrong: In a tweet, Bill Gates announced the couple's divorce on May 3."After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage," Gates wrote. "Over the last 27 years, 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.""We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in the next phase of our lives," the statement continued. "We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life."According to the TMZ report, the divorce filings claimed that the Gates' marriage was "irretrievably broken." Melinda Gates was listed as the petitioner and Bill Gates as the respondent, with a trial date set for April 4, 2022.

Bill Gates just announced his divorce from his wife, Melinda Gates, after 27 years of marriage.

How big the settlement could be: The details are still unknown but it could reach $73 billion.

Bill Gates is the fourth richest man in the world and has a net worth of $146 billion, according to Bloomberg. The pair met while they were both working at Microsoft in 1987, and they have since collaborated on a number of philanthropic efforts including their joint foundation. According to Forbes, their shared charitable foundation has a trust endowment of $49.8 billion.

What exactly will happen to their finances is still unknown. But the Gates family resides in Washington, one of nine states where residents can receive a 50/50 split of marital assets. While that is not mandatory, it suggests Melinda Gates could walk away with as much as $73 billion in assets. Each of the three Gates children is already set to inherit $10 million, with the rest of the couple's wealth going to charity.

According to TMZ, the couple had a separation contract, not a prenuptial agreement, prior to filing. A separation agreement is a non-legal document that lists a couple's rights and obligations, including child support and custody, and is signed without involving a court. 

According to Insider, in the divorce filings, the couple asked that their real property, personal property, and debts to be split according to their separation contract. Melinda Gates did not ask for spousal support, which could indicate the large sum of money she will receive from other assets.

What went wrong: In a tweet, Bill Gates announced the couple's divorce on May 3.

"After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage," Gates wrote. "Over the last 27 years, 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."

"We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in the next phase of our lives," the statement continued. "We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life."

According to the TMZ report, the divorce filings claimed that the Gates' marriage was "irretrievably broken." Melinda Gates was listed as the petitioner and Bill Gates as the respondent, with a trial date set for April 4, 2022.

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