Gates’ net worth is estimated to exceed $124 billion
When Gates founded Microsoft with Paul Allen in 1975, he created a fortune in human history. Gates’ net assets are estimated at more than $124 billion, which includes various assets such as real estate, stocks of listed companies and rare works of art.
The Four Seasons luxury hotel chain has a large share. There are hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland and pasture, including the historic Buffalo Bill Ranch in Wyoming. Companies such as AutoNation and Waste Management own billions of dollars in stocks. There is a seaside mansion in Southern California. There is also one of Leonardo’s notebooks.
David Aronson, a lawyer representing wealthy clients in divorce cases, said: “The amount and diversity of assets involved in divorce has confused people’s imagination.” “There are few cases that can reach this scale.”
Only Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his current ex-wife, novelist and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott (MacKenzie Scott) had a bigger divorce in 2019. Bezos’ wealth is estimated at US$137 billion. Although it is mainly Amazon stock, Scott has only 4% of Amazon’s stock, which was valued at US$36 billion.
But Gates has been diversifying his assets for decades. It only owns 1.3% of Microsoft’s shares. Instead, his stock portfolio includes shares of dozens of listed companies. According to the Land Report, he is the largest private owner of agricultural land in the country. In addition to the “Four Seasons”, it also owns shares in other luxury hotels and owns a company that caters to private jet owners. Its real estate portfolio includes one of the largest houses in the country and some equestrian facilities. It is interested in clean energy investment funds and nuclear energy companies.
There is also the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation is separated from Gates’ other assets, with a donation of 50 billion U.S. dollars, is one of the world’s largest charities, and plays an extremely important role in global public health. The gift is a trust and cannot be apportioned as part of the marital property, although it is still doubtful whether it will become the main recipient of your charitable donation after the division is completed.