Melinda Gates reportedly rented a R1.8 million-a-night private island to avoid the media following the announcement of her divorce from Bill Gates.
According to TMZ, Bill and Melinda reportedly planned to make their stunning divorce in March – and she hoped to avoid media glare by renting the private island in Grenada for the family.
The report quoted sources as saying Melinda rented the entire Calivigny Island for a whopping $132 000 a night for herself and the couple’s children, as well as their significant others.
However, Bill was not invited to the 80-acre Caribbean islet hideaway.
The report said the family was furious at Bill for various things they claimed he had done.
According to news.com.au, Calivigny was considered to be one of the most exclusive private islands in the world.
The island’s Beach House residence offered 10 luxury suites and the master bedroom had its own jacuzzi room.
The Overhang House boasted stunning views of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, while there were three beach cottages located just minutes away from crystal blue waters.
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“But, there was a problem … lawyers for both Bill and Melinda were trying to hash out a divorce settlement and there were still outstanding issues that couldn’t be resolved at the time of the trip. We’re told Melinda decided to go anyway … well, with everyone BUT Bill…
“… it appears they have all but reached a property settlement given the lawyers have been working on it for months and Bill transferred nearly $2 billion in stock to Melinda on the very day she filed for divorce,” TMZ said.
The former philanthropist couple had three children: Jennifer, 25, Rory, 21, and Phoebe, 18
They announced their decision to get a divorce in a joint post on Twitter this week on Monday.
The two had been married for 27 years.
A BBC report said they had always known they were either going to break up or get married, even sitting down to write out on a whiteboard the pros and cons of marriage.
It was Melinda who filed a petition for divorce on Monday in Washington CNN Business reported.