Melinda Gates, a philanthropist and campaigner for female empowerment , could be about to become the worlds second richest woman, with a fortune estimated at $73bn. In her divorce petition filed on Monday at King County superior court in Seattle, Washington, Melinda Gates stated that her marriage to multibillionaire Microsoft co founder Bill Gates, one of the richest men on the planet, had “irretrievably broken” and called on the courts to divide up the couples combined $146bn £105bn...

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