BILL Gates has hired Warren Buffet’s lawyer pal in his $124billion divorce from Melinda – but they don't have a prenup.
The law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson headed by Charles Munger – who is also a longtime pal of Gates – is listed as one of three firms representing the Microsoft mogul after he announced their split.
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Legal papers obtained by The Sun reveal that Melinda, 56, filed for the divorce, and said that the "parties are separated" – but there appears to be no prenuptial agreement.
The filing states that the only written agreement that relates to the divorce is a "separation contract."
The firm representing Bill was founded in 1962 by legal eagle Munger, 97, who has known business investment tycoon Buffett since 1959.
Munger, who is also divorced and worth a cool $2.2 billion, according to Forbes, isn't listed as one of the lawyers on the case but he's close with Gates
The tech mogul had been a board member of Buffett's company Berkshire Hathaway until last year, where Munger is vice chairman and the two men became friendly.
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The law firm was mentioned in the court papers filed by Melinda in King County Superior Court in Seattle, Washington and stated that their marriage was “irretrievably broken.”
Gates is the fourth-richest person in the world and worth at least $124billion but he doesn't have a prenup with his wife of 27 years.
He could plummet to the world's 17th richest person if they decide to split the Gates fortune in half.
Munger is an expert lawyer specializing in business, philanthropy and real estate and Bill once described him as the "broadest thinker he has ever met."
Speaking about their pal, Buffett told Farnam Street that Munger "comes equipped for rationality" and that "he’s got his own mold."
Melinda has a team of four New York-based attorneys from Cohen Clair Lane Griefer Thorpe & Rottenstreich LLP and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.
She does not appear to be asking for any spousal support from the 65-year-old Microsoft co-founder.
Though there's no prenup, they will have to split properties in five states, a private jet, multiple luxury cars.
Bill, Melinda and their attorneys signed a "separation contract" according to the court documents, which addresses their three kids' finances, but this hasn't been made public yet.
Melinda asked for a trial date in April 2022.
The cause of their split has yet to be confirmed but Melinda has hinted several times over the years about her discontent.
Melinda previously revealed in 2019 that when the famous philanthropic couple had their first daughter Jennifer, she "felt very alone in our marriage."
In a 2017 interview, the other half of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation told former Washington Correspondent Tian Wei: "We don't agree on every single business thing."
"What we do is we agree to disagree in private and we work that out in private. When we show up at the foundation, it's a completely unified voice and unified message.
"That works well for the whole organization so they're not wondering oh does Bill want this and Melinda wants that. That just doesn't work."
Melinda has also admitted to The Sunday Times that being with Bill was often “incredibly hard” when they marked 25 years of marriage.
“When he was having trouble making the decision about getting married, he was incredibly clear that it was not about me," she said two years ago.
"It was about ‘Can I get the balance right between work and family life?”’
The legal papers obtained by The Sun reveal that Melinda, 56, filed for the divorce, and said that the "parties are separated" – and the documents state that the marriage is "irretrievably broken."
"We ask the court to dissolve our marriage and find that our marital community ended on the date stated in our separation contract," the documents read.
They share three children: Jennifer, Rory, is 22 and Phoebe, 19.
Melinda joined Microsoft in 1987 and met Bill at a business dinner in New York City, and after a year of dating, it was reported that Bill had to make a pros and cons list about getting married.
Tech mogul Gates, who has become a leading figure in the fight against Covid-19, was the richest man in the world until Amazon's Jeff Bezos knocked him off his perch in 2017.
Although he's given $5billion to charity since 1994, Gates is earning money at a faster rate than he's donated it, according to reports.
Now, the bombshell divorce is calling the Gates fortune into question because a lot of it has not been given to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation headed by the couple.
She formalized the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 and the couple has forked out $45billion addressing major global issues, like gender equality and poverty.
According to Spear's, Melinda's net worth is around $70billion.
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