Politics Attorneys in Gates divorce also were on Bezos divorce case

20:40  04 may  2021
20:40  04 may  2021 Source:   cnn.com

Bill and Melinda Gates: A relationship timeline

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Bill Gates, Melinda Gates are posing for a picture © Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/John Lamparski/Getty Images/Law Offices of Sherri M. Anderson Inc./Law Office of...

Two of the attorneys on opposite sides of the Bill and Melinda Gates divorce case also represented the opposing sides in the 2019 divorce of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his ex-wife MacKenzie Scott.

Ted Billbe, one of the lead lawyers for Bill Gates in this case, represented Scott in her divorce from Bezos.

Sherri Anderson, who is on the team representing Melinda Gates, previously represented Bezos.

But that's not all these two divorces have in common: The dollars at stake in both settlements are staggering.

Bill Gates Once Said He Wished He Had Thanked Melinda More 2 Years Before Separating

  Bill Gates Once Said He Wished He Had Thanked Melinda More 2 Years Before Separating The pair announced Monday that they are getting divorced after 27 years of marriageThe news of the philanthropists' separation comes two years after they both appeared in the Netflix docuseries Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates. While the series covered a range of topics, both Bill and Melinda opened up about their relationship — with Bill revealing that he wished he thanked his wife more.

Bill Gates is ranked the world's fourth richest person by Forbes with an estimated net worth of $130 billion. Bezos, despite the hit his fortune took from his divorce settlement, is back on top of the list with an estimated worth of $194 billion. MacKenzie Scott, meanwhile, is now ranked 21st with a net worth of $59 billion.

The two attorneys also appear to use the same office address in Bellevue, Washington, according to their their web sites, though the sites do not list them as partners or mention each others' name. Court documents also list a different address for Billbe.

Anderson's web site says that she specializes in complex divorces in Kings County, Washington, where Seattle and many of its suburbs are located, with an emphasis on cases involving substantial estates, stock options, business valuations, international or multi-state assets, among other things.

Billbe's site says "we often work in high asset cases," and "cases with substantial family wealth," as well as those "involving business executives which present complicated compensation and deferred compensation issues."

Both Anderson and Billbe also were listed as speakers at a Washington State family law conference last month. Anderson spoke about pre- and post-nuptial and community property agreements. Billbe spoke on best practices in unwinding long-term relationships.

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