Former power couple Bill and Melinda Gates are set to halve their entire wealth after filing for divorce after 27-years – but what's included in their £93billion fortune?
It's an empire that includes an incredibly generous charity, $2million cars, private jets, superyachts and the best part of America's farmland.
A ‘separation contract’ – referred to in court filings – suggests the couple have already divided their assets, with Melinda not seeking any additional spousal support.
It means the couple's £93billion wealth could go 50:50, a move that would see Bill Gates fall from the fourth-richest man in the world to number 17, far behind current billionaire rivals Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk.
Bill and Melinda, together with their three children, live in a $125million lakefront mansion near Seattle – just around the corner from The Gates Foundation's headquarters.
Their 66,000-square-foot family home – called Xanadu 2.0 – was bought for $2million in 1988.
It took seven years to renovate and today its luxury features include a 100-seater dining room, a pool with fossils and a vast library with a Great Gatsby quote engraved.
"I wanted a house that would accommodate sophisticated, changing technology but in an unobtrusive way that made it clear that technology was the servant, not the master," Gates wrote in his book, The Road Ahead.
To appease neighbours during almost a decade of construction work, Gates offered them free car washes and made his construction team available to help with small projects in nearby homes.
Today, on the ceiling in the main room is a quote from The Great Gatsby: "He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it."
Inside the lavish home, guests will also find an indoor-outdoor pool with an underwater music system, an artificial stream stocked with salmon and a beach with sand imported, according to some, from the Caribbean.
And it's not their only property, either. Altogether, the Gates family own homes in five states including Washington and California.
Their $43million estate in Del Mar, California is 228-acres wide, while their ranch in Florida, an area known for its equestrianism, is valued at $59million.
The family also own the Irma Lake Lodge, a $9million, 492-acre Wyoming ranch which was originally settled by Buffalo Bill in 1902 and named after his oldest daughter.
The couple have two homes in California – the 228-acre Rancho Paseana, which Mr Gates purchased for $18million in September 2014 from diet queen Jenny Craig.
Bill's empire also includes a rare $2million Porsche, a series of private jets and a collection of artwork that includes a $30million sketch from the Da Vinci Code.
He is also the biggest private owner of farmland in the US, with 242,000 acres across 18 different states.
The 65-year-old’s largest holdings include 69,071 acres in Louisiana, 47,927 acres in Arkansas, 25,750 acres in Arizona, 20,588 acres in Nebraska and 16,097 in Washington State.
The acquisitions are held directly, as well as through Gates’ personal investment company, Cascade Investments.
Bill Gates is also known for his love of cars – his Seattle home has a garage with space for 30 vehicles.
He told Ellen DeGeneres in February 2018 that his biggest splurge after founding Microsoft was buying a Porsche 911 supercar, which he later sold.
"That was an indulgence," Gates told DeGeneres.
Gates is also the owner of a Porsche 930 Turbo, a Jaguar XJ6 and a Ferrari 348.
His most valuable car is believed to be an extremely rare Porsche 959 – valued at $2million. The vehicle took 13 years to arrive after it was held up by customs while being sihpped into the U.S.
Private jets also come hand in hand with the Gates portfolio.
In 2019, Bill said that while jets are an indulgence, it makes his life – which he plans in five-minute blocks – more efficient.
"I sometimes use a private jet," Gates said in the 2019 Reddit chat.
"It does help me do my foundation work but again it is a very privileged thing to have."
Gates is believed to own two $65million Gulfstream G650ERs, two Bombardier Challenger 350s, a Cessna Seaplane and a collection of helicopters.
Gates is also known for his art collection – most famously Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex, which he bought in 1994 for $30million at auction at Christie’s in New York.
The Codex takes pride of place in his Seattle library.
It is known as the Leicester Codex, as it was once owned by the Earl of Leicester.
His art collection also includes an oil painting named Lost On The Grand Banks, by Winslow Homer, which he purchased at $36 million in 1998.
But arguably, one of their most notable investments to date is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The charity has contributed more than $50billion to causes including global gender equality.
As of December, the foundation had committed a total of $1.75billion to the global pandemic response.
In their statement on Monday, Bill, 64, and Melinda, 56, vowed to continue to work together after their split.
The divorce follows on from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos who split his $150billion fortune with his wife MacKenzie in 2019 after his affair with Lauren Sanchez was revealed.
They, unlike Bezos, are both part of The Giving Pledge – a collection of the world’s richest people who have all vowed to devote at least half of their fortunes to charity.
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