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In the wake of hisfrom wife Melinda French Gates, has transferred more than $3 billion in shares to her — the most recent being a large chunk of Deere & Co., according to a new report from the .
Bill, 65, transferred more than $850 million in shares of the Illinois-based equipment manufacturer to Melinda on Thursday, an amount that equals about 7 percent of his stake in the company (or 2.25 million shares), the outlet reported.
The publicly disclosed transfers were reported late Friday by the billionaire Microsoft co-founder and Cascade Investment LLC, his investment vehicle.
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Bill Gates and Melinda Gates have announced their plans to divorce, which came as a shock to many after they shared 27 years of marriage. “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” they shared in a statement on Monday, May 3. “Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives. We continue to share a believer in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.” The couple met in 1987 when Melinda started working at Microsoft, the company Bill founded. “She had other boyfriends, and I had Microsoft,” Bill said in the 2019 Netflix miniseries Inside Bill’s Brain. “We were like, ‘Hey we are not really serious about each other, are we? We are not going to demand each other’s time.’” Eventually, after the romance got serious, Bill made a pro/con list for whether he should propose (really), and they decided to embark on a life together. Bill and Melinda married in 1994 at a Hawaiian destination wedding. The two welcomed their first child, daughter Jennifer in 1996. Son Rory arrived in 1999 and daughter Phoebe followed in 2002. Though the mother of three eventually stepped back from her job at Microsoft after nine years, she continued working with her husband.
"The filing said Mr. Gates received no consideration for the shares," the WSJ reported, adding that in the securities filing, Bill "indicated he made the disclosure because he and Cascade control more than the 10 percent stake that triggers a reporting requirement."
The filing reportedly states that even after the transfer to Melinda, 56, Bill and Cascade still own about 9.3 percent of Deere & Co., or 29.3 million shares.
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The WSJ reported that Thursday's transfer comes after Bill also transferred Melinda stakes in a Coca-Cola bottler, a Canadian railroad, AutoNation Inc. and other companies valued at nearly $2.4 billion.
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Ann Winblad, a software entrepreneur and venture capitalist with over 40 years of experience, took annual vacations with Bill Gates after he married Melinda GatesDetails about the billionaire Microsoft co-founder's bond with Winblad in the '80s and '90s resurfaced in the days after he and Melinda announced their divorce in a joint statement on Monday.
The couple has a net worth of about $130 billion, according to— and when Melinda , her documents indicated that she and Bill have a separation agreement in place, something is likely part of a plan to keep things as civil and private as possible between the former couple, who have said they still plan to work together at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Randy Kessler, a celebrity divorce lawyer,that "Mr. and Mrs. Gates and their lawyers have done an exemplary job of resolving their issues privately and professionally and have therefore controlled their own matters instead of leaving it to a judge."
In the weeks since they announced they would go their separate ways after 27 years of marriage, Bill and Melinda's marriage has been thrust into the spotlight — including Bill'sthat a spokesperson said "ended amicably."
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An insider tells PEOPLE that the billionaires "personally looked at life and asked, 'Is there more out there than what I have?'"The relationship between the billionaire Microsoft co-founder, 65, and his philanthropist wife, 56, had long been splintering before it came to its end, a source tells PEOPLE in this week's issue.
"He could have treated Melinda better," a. "He's not a saint, but there isn't one thing that created the final split. It goes deeper than that."
"It's many years of differing views of the world, the foundation, and of life in general, and those things piling up. They are older and each personally looked at life and asked, 'Is there more out there than what I have?'" the source continued.
The couple, who were married on New Year's Day in Lanai, Hawaii in 1994,, daughters Jennifer, 25, and Phoebe, 18, and son Rory, 21.
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