Bill Gates ‘hiding out’ at exclusive golf resort as £120 billion divorce looms

One of the world's richest men has reportedly moved into an exclusive Californian golf resort to avoid questions about his impending divorce.

Newly single Bill Gates' mood is hardly likely to have improved after revelations he was a party animal in his youth.

Sources say the Microsoft co-founder, 65, who recently announced the end of his 27-year marriage, has been staying at the Vintage Club in Indian Wells for several months.

His main home is normally in Washington.

But the computer whiz has hardly been slumming it, having reportedly bought a six-bedroom home on the estate in 1990 for $12.5 million.

The members-only club costs $250,000 to join and boasts a spa, restaurants and two 18-hole golf courses.

Meanwhile his soon to be ex-wife Melinda, 56, has also recently been renting Calivigny Island in Grenada at a supposed cost of $132,000-a-night to escape media scrutiny.

All family members, except Bill, were supposedly invited to the 80-acre Caribbean hideaway.

Last week the couple announced they had to decided to "end our marriage" after a "great deal of thought and a lot of work".

In his statement, Bill noted they had raised "three incredible children" and worked to help people all over the world with their charity work.

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He wrote: "We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives. We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life."

The couple will have to split their eye-watering shared fortune, last estimated at around $124 billion (£87 billion), as well as decide what to do with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which is worth roughly $50 billion (£35 billion).

A source told the Page Six website: "Bill clearly saw this divorce coming for a long time because he’s been there [the Vintage Club] for around three months.

"It is the perfect place for Bill to hide out to avoid questions about his forthcoming divorce.”

A biographer has now also come forward to reveal details of Bill's raucous past.

Journalist James Wallace told The Sun: "A lot of those Microsoft kids back then, they were young guys in pizza-stained t-shirts working for two or three days on software code.

"They would have some pretty wild parties, where they would go out and get strippers in Seattle and bring them over to Bill's home."

Wallace also claimed that in his youth, Bill had been described as a womaniser, with his antics reportedly placing a strain on his relationship with Melinda when they started dating.

However Mr Wallace said Bill put his party days behind him when they tied the knot in 1988.

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