“Dating Jeffrey Epstein ? It was a” huge mistake. “A few days after the formalization of the divorce from Melinda , Bill Gates agrees to the now ex-wife and makes mea culpa in an interview with CNN, in which he also talks about the separation, calling it “a very sad goal”. While on his relationship with the financier found dead the 10 August 2019 in the cell of New York prison where he was being held on charges of abuse, prostitution and child trafficking, the Microsoft founder says he only met him because he hoped to raise more funds for his philanthropic causes .
“I dined several times with him, sp he could come up with what he said about getting billions in philanthropy for global health, through the contacts he had – he reveals – When it seemed like it wasn’t real, the relationship ended. ” However, Gates acknowledges that “it was a huge mistake spending time with him, giving him the credibility of being there … There were many others in that same situation, but I made an error “.
The dating, however, would be one of the reasons that led his wife Melinda to ask for a divorce . According to the Wall Street Journal she has started consulting lawyers as early as October of 2019, the same month in which New York Times revealed the frequent meetings of the husband with the controversial financier who committed suicide in prison in the previous months, after the arrest for sexual trafficking of minors. Gates refuses to comment on the WSJ claims, but according to a former employee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in recent months, a huge source of concern for the 56 and it was precisely the relationship of the spouse with Epstein.
The Daily Beast had already written that she – engaged in promoting women’s rights – was angry when in the 84, together with her husband, she met the ex-financier in his residence in Manhattan: he told Bill that he was not at ease and confided to his friends that he didn’t want to have anything to do with Epstein , already chatted about the accusations of having sexually exploited minors. However, he continued to frequent it, also accepting a ride on the Lolita , his private jet used to transport the girls to his luxurious residences. Gates has always claimed to have seen him as part of his philanthropic activity, excluding having participated in the sex parties organized by Epstein, but when the meetings between the two became public the situation degenerated and Melinda contacted the lawyers.
During the interview with CNN, Gates states that “it’s a moment of reflection , and at this point I have to move on”. “Within the family – he continues – we will heal in the best way we can”. As for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation , on the other hand, they will decide in the next two years if it is possible for them to continue working together, otherwise Bill will liquidate his ex-wife using his own personal funds. . However, he hopes she will stay: “It would definitely be best for the foundation – he notes – Melinda has incredible strengths that help the foundation to be better.”