There Was An ENORMOUS Payment Transfer Just Moments Before Gates Announced Divorce

On the day that Melinda filed for divorce from her husband of 27 years had already handed over nearly $2 billion which may mean the couple was already negotiating property settlement before deciding to announce the shocking divorce.

When billionaire and Microsoft founder Bill Gates announced the end of his marriage he had already transferred millions of shares of stock from two companies to Melinda. According to documents obtained by TMZ, $1.8 billion worth of stock was sent to Melinda.

Bill's investment firm, Cascade Investment LLC, sent Melinda more than 14 million shares of Canadian National Railway Co. and more than 2.9 million shares of AutoNation Inc ... according to docs obtained by TMZ.

Based on Wednesday's stock prices, the shares are worth north of $1.8 billion ... including about $1.53 billion in Canadian National Railway shares and about $310 million on AutoNation shares.

Come to find out, Melinda clearly stated in the divorce documents that there is no prenup.

They signed a separation agreement ahead of the divorce filing, and the stock transfer indicates they are already down the road in dividing assets.

It could get interesting watching Bill and Melinda split up their enormous assets, or it could get ugly.

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