Melinda Gates could be angling to change kids’ $10M inheritance in split
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Maybe those poor Gates kids are getting more than a $10 million after all.
Divorce experts say there’s a clue in Melinda Gates’ blockbuster divorce filing that she’s angling to change her three children’s inheritance — after her estranged husband Bill Gates has repeatedly said he’s leaving them a mere $10 million apiece.
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Melinda has taken the highly unusual step — according to experts — of naming top trust and estate lawyers as her representatives in her divorce filing, along with the customary matrimonial legal eagles.
High-profile divorce attorneys Harriet Newman Cohen and Martha Cohen Stine point out that Melinda has "well-known trust and estate lawyers involved in the case," and that it’s "most unusual for trust and estate lawyers’ names to be listed on a divorce filing."
The move, the duo told Page Six in an interview, signals Melinda has potential plans for her family that diverge from Bill’s.
(The duo is not involved in the Gates’ divorce, but their clients have collectively included Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the ex-wives of Harvey and Bob Weinstein, NBA star Paul George, Laurence Fishburne, Howard Stern’s ex-wife, Alison, and the former wife of Louis C.K.)
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Bill Gates has said his kids will get a "minuscule" portion of his vast wealth. Worth $130 billion, the Microsoft mogul plans leave just $10 million to each of his kids — Jennifer, 25, Rory, 21, and Phoebe, 18. During a past Reddit talk, the billionaire stated, "I definitely think leaving kids massive amounts of money is not a favor to them," and, "Some people disagree with this but Melinda and I feel good about it."
Said Newman Cohen: "Bill Gates proudly announced to the world he was leaving $10 million to each of his three children, and that the rest of the billions will be left to charity… now that Melinda has control — maybe she wanted to leave more to her children than $10 million each. Maybe she didn’t agree." She added that the fraction of funds to be left to the kids is "tantamount to disinheriting the children."