Reflect On Your Own Resilience: Melinda Gates’ Special Note On Mother’s Day

Reflect On Your Own Resilience: Melinda Gates’ Special Note On Mother’s Day

Among other reports and revelations that have come out of her split from Bill Gates, we've now learned that Melinda Gates first started consulting with divorce lawyers in 2019, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The 56-year-old spoke with attorneys from several firms as early as October 2019, saying the marriage was "irretrievably broken", the Journal reported Sunday, citing documents and people familiar with the matter.

The New York Times reported in October 2019 that Gates' association with Epstein began after Epstein pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution from a minor in 2008.

The pair were together for 27 years, announcing their split last week after putting "a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship", their Twitter statement read.

Forbes estimates that Bill's net worth is $128.1 billion, which dropped from $130.4 billion after he transferred $2.4 billion in securities to Melinda on the day the divorce was announced, according to SEC filings. Her husband's friendship with Epstein haunted her, said friends of the couple. Her husband and several employees continued with the meetings, per the Journal.

Bridgitt Arnold, a spokesperson for Bill Gates, said that year that Gates had met Epstein on multiple occasions to discuss philanthropy.

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"Bill Gates regrets ever meeting with Epstein and recognises it was an error in judgment to do so", Arnold said at the time.

While the post had disabled tweet replies, it made for a heartwarming picture - a younger Melinda surrounded by her children.

Bill and Melinda Gates are parents to two daughters - 25-year-old Jennifer and 18-year-old Phoebe - and a son, 21-year-old Rory.

In an emailed statement at the time, Nikolic told Bloomberg that Epstein had not consulted him about the will and that he had no intention to fulfill the duties.

"It got hot. We both got angry. And we took a long time to agree".

That divorce ended in a massive settlement. However, the exact reason behind the divorce yet unknown but things are gradually becoming clearer now. The bulk of it is from about 14.1 million shares in Canadian National Railway Co.

The couple's divorce petition, which was filed on Monday in King County Superior Court in Washington state, indicated that they don't have a prenuptial agreement in place to distribute their assets.

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