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Bill and Melinda Gates officially divorce

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The divorce between Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates was finalized on Monday, according to court documents first reported by Reuters.

The pair, who founded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000, announced in early May that they were splitting up after 27 years of marriage. They said at the time that they would continue to work together at the foundation, but concluded that they can no longer “grow together as a couple.”

The details of their divorce agreement have not been made public and, according to Reuters, were not disclosed Monday in the final order filed in King County Superior Court in Seattle. 

The May 3 divorce filings reportedly showed that the couple had reached an agreement to divide their assets. Their assets include a $131 million home compound in Washington state, a rare Leonardo da Vinci notebook, and investments in Microsoft and Four Seasons Hotels.

The couple married in 1994, after meeting seven years earlier at a trade show in New York.

Their foundation has played an active role in the battle against COVID-19, committing hundreds of millions of dollars toward the development and distribution of coronavirus tests, treatments and vaccines.

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