Melinda Gates reportedly rented a private night island in Grenada so that she and her family would be able to avoid media attention after her divorce announcement.
The private island goes for $132,000 (N50 million) a night.
Bill and Melinda announced the decision to end their marriage of 27 years on Monday, May 3, 2020.
Melinda decided to go anyway despite efforts by the couple’s lawyers to hash out a settlement during what the outlet described as an unfriendly split, according to the outlet.
On the same day they announced their separation, Bill’s investment firm transferred $1.8 billion in stock to Melinda – the first indication of how one of the world’s richest couples will divvy up their considerable assets.
The philanthropist couple announced their divorce on Monday in a joint statement.
“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the couple wrote on Twitter.
“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,” they added.
A joint statement they released on Monday read in part: “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage.”
However, sources told TMZ that the couple had actually planned to make the announcement in March, at which point Melinda rented Calivigny Island, Grenada.
According to the outlet’s sources, the plan was for Melinda and the couple’s three children, as well as their significant others, to stay on the island, which Bill was reportedly not invited to
The 80-acre island, which offers guests 25 “magnificent suites and cottages,” is reached by a five-minute boat ride from Grenada.
As for why the couple delayed announcing the separation, the sources told TMZ that lawyers for both Bill and Melinda were trying to “hash out a divorce settlement,” but that Melinda decided to go to anyway.
Sources also said that the family has taken Melinda’s side for the most part, and that it is not a “friendly split”.
On the day they announced their intentions to divorce, the Microsoft founder’s investment firm transferred $1.8bn in stock to his estranged wife, according to Bloomberg.