Bill Gates divorce sparks wave of hilarious memes as fans plot how to seduce multi-billionaire

BILL and Melinda Gates' divorce announcement has prompted a wave of hilarious memes online as people consider how to proposition the newly single billionaire.

Legal papers obtained by The Sun on Monday revealed that his wife of 27 years Melinda, 56, filed for the divorce and said the "parties are separated" – but there appears to be no prenuptial agreement.

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When the Microsoft founder – who is the fourth richest person in the world, worth a cool $124billion – confirmed their split on Twitter, it opened the online flood gates.

"Wishing bill gates a happy may 4th," read one user's picture of Bill with the message: "Happy Star Wars day. May divorce be with you."

“Are bill and melinda gates really going through a… you know… *windows 98 shutdown sound* divorce?” tweeted another.

“Bill Gates logging into his marriage this morning,” quipped a third user, alongside the Microsoft error image reading: “Your marriage ran into a problem that it couldn’t handle, and now it needs to shut down.”

The meme explosion comes as:

  • Bill and Melinda Gates to divorce after 27 years of marriage
  • Melinda felt ‘alone’ in marriage to Microsoft mogul
  • Gates hires Warren Buffet’s lawyer friend in $124billion split
  • Inside the Gates property empire including mega mansion
  • Divorce docs state marriage ‘is broken’ but there's no prenup

"Bill Gates is SINGLE!!!!" enthused another person who posted a meme of James Franco looking quizzical with the caption: "Bill Gates: OMG Melinda is going to take half of my money. Jeff Bezos: First time?"

“Bill Gates looking at Jeff Bezos after the divorce from Melinda,” read one tweet of the iconic meme of two identical Spidermen pointing at each other.

This was referencing MacKenzie Scott, who became the wealthiest woman in the world when she divorced Amazon mogul Bezos, taking home a whopping $38billion out of their $137billion net worth.

Referencing Bill's longtime feud with Apple, another jokester wrote: "Sending bill gates a selfie application, and throwing away my iphone as we speak! apple?? that’s just a fruit to me now."

Other internet comedians quipped that Bill’s divorce attorney would be delighted with the couple's divorce plans given the gargantuan fees.

“So what I’m hearing is… Melinda Gates is single now?” wrote one person, alongside a picture of Homer Simpson in a wedding dress.

People also weighed in on the r/AskReddit thread called "So, what's your plan for seducing Bill Gates?" which elicited hilarious – and some X-rated – responses.

"Hide 'will you marry me' on page 37 of an EULA and get him to click 'agree,'" wrote one person, while another suggested: "In VERY tiny print, no less."

When one witty user urged interested parties to focus on dating Melinda instead (whose net worth is around $70billion) another commented: "If doesn’t seduce Bill, nothing will."

"My plan was to give him full permission to use my WAP…my wireless access point," was a third Redditor's hilarious play on Cardi B's racy song.

But Bill and Melinda don't appear to have a prenup and their divorce filing states that the only written agreement that relates to the divorce is a "separation contract."

He could plummet to the world's 17th richest person if they decide to split the Gates fortune in half.

The law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson headed by Warren Buffett's pal Charles Munger, 97, is listed as one of three firms representing Bill.

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 but they will have to split properties in five states, a private jet, multiple luxury cars.

Melinda asked for a trial date in April 2022.

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."

Their three children, Jennifer, Rory, 22 and Phoebe, 19, will only be getting $10million each, reports say, and their finances are addressed in the signed separation pact which has yet to be publicly released.

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.

Melinda 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.

Melinda joined Microsoft in 1987 and met her soon-to-be ex-husband 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.

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