Monica Mazzei comments for Bloomberg News “Bill and Melinda Gates to Divorce After 27 Years of Marriage”

May 2021

Bill and Melinda Gates, two of the most influential philanthropists in the world, said on Monday that they were divorcing after 27 years of marriage…

Monica Mazzei, a divorce attorney and a partner at Sideman & Bancroft LLP in San Francisco, said the big question concerning the couple’s foundation and family office is to what extent they plan on working together going forward.

“Even in the most amicable divorces I’ve seen, the preference has been to split the foundation in two so that there’s more autonomy and less intermingling,” she said. The same principle applies to family offices, where the investments could be divvied up into two separate pots…

 

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