Melinda Gates Could Be Using the Divorce to Give Her Kids a Bigger Inheritance Than Bill Gates Planned

Think about the kids! This could be the angle Melinda Gates takes on her upcoming divorce from estranged husband Bill Gates, say two high-profile lawyers after reviewing the billionaire philanthropist's divorce filing and finding that the case featured prominent trust and probate attorneys unusual situation for a divorce. While Bill and Melinda's split seemed amicable at first when the former couple released a quiet statement of their mutual intent to continue philanthropic endeavors together, it is reported that since allegations of a long relationship between Bill Gates and the late pedophile-slash billionaire Jeffrey Epstein and a former Microsoft employee affair has pushed the needle of public opinion firmly into Melinda's side in recent weeks. Another possible area of ​​disagreement between the couple? The Gates 'long-public decision to leave their children Rory, Phoebe, and Jennifer Gates only $ 10 million, despite Bill Gates' estimated $ 124 billion net worth. Given who Melinda has tapped into as her legal representative, these sources say there is a chance Melinda is trying to change that.
Harriet Newman Cohen and Martha Cohen Stine, divorce attorneys whose former clients include Governor Andrew Cuomo and the ex-wives of Harvey and Bob Weinstein, told that the inclusion of trust and probate lawyers on Melinda's agents indicated that she may want to change previous agreements on how much money to leave her three children.
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"Bill Gates proudly announced to the world that he would give $ 10 million to each of his three children and that the rest of the billions would go to charity," Newman Cohen told the retail outlet. "Now that Melinda is in control - maybe she wanted to give her kids more than $ 10 million each." Maybe she didn't agree. "
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The attorneys added that given the Gates' sizable fortune, leaving the $ 10 million sum would "be tantamount to disinheriting the children" and suggested that Melinda "like any other woman ... protect her children" could. We reserve the right to comment on whether a fate with only $ 10 million inheritance is one children should be protected from, but the point is clear: if Melinda actually wanted her children to have a larger inheritance, she would have now the ability to dictate a change in their estate.
Bill and Melinda Gates previously stated that all assets will be divided according to a pre-agreed separation agreement. "Over the past 27 years we have raised three incredible children and created a foundation that works around the world to help all people live healthy and productive lives," they said in their first announcement. “We continue to share our belief in this mission and will continue to work with the Foundation, but we no longer believe that we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives. We ask for space and privacy for our families as we begin to find our way in this new life. "
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