Inside the $170,000-a-night Caribbean island Melinda Gates rented during divorce

Melinda Gates rented a $170,000-a-night Caribbean private island for her family during her split from Microsoft co-founder Bill, according to reports.

The philanthropist fled to Calivigny Island in Grenada with her three children to escape media scrutiny, sources told TMZ.

All family members, except Mr Gates, were invited to the 32 hectare Caribbean hideaway.

It’s reported that everyone supported Melinda and most of the family were “furious” at Bill.

The split was branded “unfriendly” as Melinda headed to the island while lawyers were frantically trying to finalise a settlement, TMZ reports.

The former couple have three children: Jennifer, 25, Rory, 21, and Phoebe, 18.

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Calivigny is considered to be one of the most exclusive private islands in the world.

The island’s Beach House residence offers 10 luxury suites and the master bedroom has its own jacuzzi room.

The Overhang House boasts stunning views of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, while there are three beach cottages located just minutes away from crystal blue waters.

Bill Gates gives wife $2.3 billion in stock amid split

It comes a day after tech mogul Bill Gates gifted Melinda $2.3 billion in stock after the couple announced they had called it quits on Monday.

One of Mr Gates’ holding companies, Cascade Investment, which has positions in various sectors like energy and hospitality, transferred the enormous sum to Melinda, Bloomberg Wealth reported.

That gave Melinda command of Cascade’s 14.1 million shares of Canadian National Railway Co. worth about $1.9 billion, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing from May 3.

The billionaire also moved 2.94 million shares in AutoNation Inc, a Florida-based company that sells cars, worth $387 million.

He expressed how a “great deal of thought and a lot of work” was invested to save their marriage.

Conversely, Melinda filed papers in court confirming that the marriage was “irretrievably broken”.

Tech mogul Mr Gates, who has become a leading figure in the fight against COVID-19, was the richest man in the world until Amazon’s Jeff Bezos knocked him off his perch in 2017.

Melinda’s net worth is around $90 billion, according to Spears magazine.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

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