Jeffrey Epstein suggested Bill Gates should leave his wife Melinda during dozens of meetings at the convicted pedophile’s $77million Manhattan townhouse, according to a person who attended the ‘men’s club’-style get-togethers.
Gates’ visits to Epstein’s ‘lair’ were an escape from his unhappy marriage, and the pair ‘were very close’, a source told The Daily Beast. The report alleges the pair’s friendship blurred personal and professional lines, and was much closer than Gates had previously admitted. The Daily Beast revealed Gates sought marriage advice from Epstein during dozens of meetings between 2011 and 2014, far more than had previously been reported.
Gates apparently told Epstein his marriage to Melinda was ‘toxic’, which both men found funny, according to the report. A spokeswoman for Gates said he had never talked in a disparaging way about Melinda. Bill and Melinda Gates – one of the world’s richest couples with a fortune of $130billion – announced earlier this month that they were getting a divorce after 27 years of marriage.
The news comes as another blow to Gates who – in two new bombshell reports – was revealed to have had an affair 20 years ago, and was accused of making advances on employees at both Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The affair came to light after the Microsoft employee wrote to the board in 2019 with details, and allegedly asked that Gates’ estranged wife read the letter.
The Microsoft board decided that Gates – who left Microsoft unexpectedly last year – should step down after the relationship in 2000 was deemed to be ‘inappropriate’, the Wall Street Journal reported. Gates’ spokeswoman confirmed he had a sexual relationship with a female staff member in 2000 and that he resigned as an investigation into the relationship was being conducted by an external law firm on behalf of the company board.