Bill Gates hires law firm founded by Warren Buffett’s right-hand man for divorce


Bill Gates has hired the legal firm started by Warren Buffett’s right-hand man to help lead his $130 billion divorce from wife Melinda.

Munger, Tolles & Olson is listed as one of three firms representing the Microsoft co-founder after Gates’ wife of 27 years filed for divorce on Monday, according to documents shared by TMZ.

The law firm was founded in 1962 by Charles Munger, who has long been Buffett’s right-hand man after meeting him in 1959.

Munger — now 97 and worth $2.2 billion, according to Forbes — is not listed as one of the lawyers in the case, however.

However, he is known to have a close working relationship with Gates, who until last year had been on the board of Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett’s investment company for which Munger is vice chairman.

The law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson was started by Warren Buffett's (left) right-hand man Charles Munger (right).
The law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson was started by Warren Buffett’s (left) right-hand man Charles Munger (right).
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Munger, Tolles & Olson was listed in the court papers filed in King County Superior Court in Seattle, Wa., in which Melinda, 56, wrote that the marriage was “irretrievably broken.”

Melinda Gates and Bill Gates have no prenuptial agreement.
Melinda Gates and Bill Gates have no prenuptial agreement.
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Gates’ $130 billion fortune makes him the fourth richest person in the world, and the documents show that they do not have a prenuptial agreement.

Charles Munger (left), Warren Buffet, and Bill Gates attend a product launch in 2010.
Charles Munger (left), Warren Buffett, and Bill Gates attend a product launch in 2010.
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If they end up agreeing to a 50/50 split, it could drop the tech billionaire to 17th place in the Forbes rich list.

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