Melinda Gates bought a $1.2 million cottage in Seattle 3 weeks before she and Bill Gates filed for divorce

Philanthropist Melinda Gates attends an international health conference in developing countries in Oslo, Norway on November 6, 2018. Lise Aserud / NTB Scanpix / via REUTERS / File Photo
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Melinda Gates bought a $ 1.2 million cottage in Seattle just three weeks before Bill Gates' divorce.
Bill and Melinda Gates filed for divorce in Washington state on Monday.
The couple's total net worth is at least $ 130.5 billion.
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Melinda Gates bought a $ 1.2 million cottage in Seattle's North Broadway neighborhood three weeks before she and Bill Gates filed for divorce.
According to a certificate received from Insider, she bought the four-bedroom, two-bathroom house in early April.
The Gates announced they were divorced on Monday after 27 years of marriage.
"After much thought and work on our relationship, we made the decision to end our marriage," they said in a statement. "Over the past 27 years we've raised three amazing children and built a foundation that works around the world to help everyone live healthy and productive lives."
The New York Times reported in 1997 that Melinda and Bill Gates filed a marriage agreement when they got married. However, the divorce petitions only relate to a "separation contract" for the division of real estate, personal property, and debts.
In particular, Melinda Gates has not requested a name change in her petition to dissolve her marriage and will keep her full name Melinda French Gates.
The couple first met in 1987 when Melinda Gates joined Microsoft as a product manager. The couple married in Lanai, Hawaii in 1994 and founded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000. The foundation quickly grew to become one of the most influential private nonprofits in the world, with nearly $ 50 billion in foundation assets.
Bill and Melinda Gates have three grown children.
Jennifer, her oldest child, said on Instagram that she would not comment on the divorce but added, "It's been a challenging period for our entire family."
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