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relationship with Epstein
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Power couple Bill and Melinda Gates announced this week that they
are no longer together, prompting speculations about what could have
possibly caused the split and urging a close review of their
marriage and past connections.
particularly stands out.
Melinda Gates really was not a fan of infamous financier
Jeffrey Epstein and was "furious" at his relationship with her
Bill Gates, insiders have
shared with The Daily
The Microsoft co-founder, who publicly denied
in 2019 having "any business relationship or friendship" with the
convicted sex offender, still met with him on numerous occasions
since the two got acquainted in 2011 - just three years after
Epstein admitted to procuring an underage girl for prostitution in
Florida, The New York Times has
Nothing was known however about Bill and his then-wife Melinda's
"secret" meeting with Epstein at the financier's Upper East Side
apartment in September 2013.
The couple's friends now
tell The Daily Beast that the meeting, which reportedly took place
on the same day the Gates were awarded the Lasker-Bloomberg Public
Service prize for their 'philanthropic' work, left the woman fairly
In this courtroom sketch,
defendant Jeffrey Epstein, second from right,
listens along with defense attorneys,
from left, Marc Fernich, Michael Miller, and Martin Weinberg
as Judge Richard M. Berman denies him bail during a hearing in
Thursday, July 18, 2019 in New York.
Judge Berman denied bail for the jailed financier
on sex trafficking charges, saying the danger to the community
that would result if the jet-setting defendant
was free formed the "heart of this decision."
© AP Photo / Aggie Kenny
Melinda is said to have warned her husband about the ill-fated
connection with the influential criminal and signaled that,
wanted "nothing to do" with Epstein...
In October 2014, Bill Gates donated $2 million to the
Institute of Technology's Media Lab, with university officials
reportedly describing this financial infusion as being "directed" by
then-spokeswoman for Bill Gates, however said in 2019 that there was
no specific request for the financial gift "to be controlled" by the
Many of the charity initiatives discussed between Gates and Epstein
eventually did not come to life.
According to The Times,
"complained to an
acquaintance at the end of 2014 that Mr. Gates had stopped
talking to him".
It's not clear whether
Melinda Gates has anything to do with broken ties.
According to Ms. Arnold,
the tech mogul really regretted "ever" meeting with Epstein and has
recognized the connection,
"was an error in judgment"...
Bill Gatesand his wife Melinda
sit during an interview in New York
© REUTERS / Shannon Stapleton
Epstein, who reportedly took his own life in a prison cell in August
2019, while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, had been
bombarded with sex abuse accusations from dozens of women, who also
maintain he had handed them over to his
powerful friends for
According to one insider from the tech world, speaking to The Daily
Beast on condition of anonymity, too many people are claiming they
were completely unfamiliar with Epstein's abusive behavior, but in
"had a varying
spectrum of what they knew and what they didn't know and how
they rationalized it".
"If you ask Bill Gates, he'll say,
'Oh I had absolutely no idea
he wasn't up to anything of the highest moral character.'
seriously doubted Epstein's moral character," the person said.
In this file photo taken on February 13, 2018
Melinda Gates and Bill Gates speak during the
Lin-Manuel Miranda In conversation with Bill & Melinda Gates panel
at Hunter College in New York City.
Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder-turned philanthropist, and his
divorcing after a 27-year-marriage, the couple said in a joint
The announcement from one of the world's wealthiest couples,
with an estimated net worth of some $130 billion,
was made on Twitter.
The same insider told the tabloid that it is really not surprising
that Melinda Gates couldn't stand the late financier:
"He just was an
He almost made a
point of having bad manners, not paying attention at dinner... I
could see how anybody, even without suspicions, would not want
to be around him."
Bill and Melinda Gates
announced on 3 May that they were
separating after 27 years of
According to reports,
Melinda was the first one to file for divorce, which was in the
making for many weeks, apparently claiming in papers that the
marriage was "irretrievably broken".
It's still not clear what
has caused their separation:
the ex-spouses have
released twin statements, simply saying that they do not believe
anymore that they "can grow together as a couple"...