Jeff Bezos lost almost $40bn after his divorce as Bill Gates splits from wife

The decline in Jeff Bezos' wealth immediately after his divorce has been laid bare as it was revealed another of the world's richest men, Bill Gates, is splitting from his wife.

Microsoft co-founder Gates announced on Monday that he is separating from Melinda, his wife of 27 years, on Monday.

Amazon billionaire Bezos divorced from wife MacKenzie Scott in 2019 and while it had an initial impact on his bank balance, he has quickly recouped the money he lost.

Entrepreneur Dan Price wrote on Twitter: "When Jeff Bezos got divorced, his fortune fell from $159 billion (£114 billion) to $121 billion (£87 billion).

"Two years later, he's now worth $202B (£145 billion).

"If Bill Gates loses the same %, his fortune would fall to $98B (£70 billion). When the pandemic began, he had $98B. To give you a sense of how fast rich people make money."

Bezos is currently the world's richest man with Gates down in fourth place.

Reports suggest that Gates, 65, and Melinda, 56, do not have a prenup and documents filed with the court say the marriage has been "irretrievably broken".

The couple released identical statements on their Twitter accounts to inform the world of their intention to divorce.

The statement read: "We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.

"We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life."

  • Bill Gates divorce documents show no pre-nup and marriage 'irretrievably broken'

The couple met in 1987 when Melinda started working for Microsoft and have three children together – Jennifer, 25, Rory, 22, and Phoebe, 19.

It has been predicted that the couple's split could become the world's most expensive divorce.

Talking about her parents' split, Jennifer wrote on Instagram: "I’m still learning how to best support my own process and emotions as well as my family members at this time and am grateful for the space to do so.

"I won't personally comment further on anything around the separation, but please know that your kind words and support mean the world to me."

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