That well versed saying is true, “Money can’t buy you everything”. Even a billionaire can end up having a failed marriage ending in divorce. Most recently and notable of late is the fallen marriage of Bill and Melinda Gates. The Microsoft tycoon’s divorce is set to be one of the largest in history as the private investigators are called in and rumours of affairs emerge.

The divorce will see Bill and Melinda not only split their vast fortune estimated to be in the region of $124 billion but also the future of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation comes into question. So what’s the story of this famous partnership and how did it come to an end?

Bill and Melinda met at Microsoft, where Bill made his fortune. Melinda Gates started at Microsoft as a marketing manager for multimedia products, such as the Encarta multimedia encyclopedia. They started dating in 1987 and married in 1994. They have three children and live in a mansion overlooking Lake Washington in Seattle.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation began in 2000, and has since become the world’s largest private charitable organisation

Why divorce?

The pair announced,

“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates tweeted on 3 May. “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 this next phase of our lives.”

 Although exact reasons have not been given the Washington superior court did say that

“this marriage is irretrievably broken”.

It was reported in the Wall Street Journal that “on at least a few occasions” Bill Gates had pursued women which worked for him and that Bill gates had an affair 20 years ago which ended amicably. It is believed his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex trafficker may also have some part in Melinda’s decision to file for divorce.

What? No Prenup?

One of the biggest revelations to the Gates divorce is that the couple have never had a prenuptial agreement in place. When the couple married in 1994 Bill Gates was the richest man in the US and so the lack of a prenup had come as quite a surprise and could have helped make assets easier and clearer to divide. One thing is for sure, as this celebrity divorce continues down the long and windy road we will see more and more information leaked to the media with secrets from the couples long marriage exposed.