Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates was reportedly advised by late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein on how to end his “toxic” marriage to his wife Melinda Gates.
The pair also reportedly had more meetings together than initially reported — meetings that included meet-ups where Gates allegedly urged Epstein to rehabilitate his image by working with him and his wife’s foundation.
Epstein gave Gates “advice on ending his marriage with Melinda after the Microsoft co-founder complained about her during a series of meetings at the money manager’s mansion, according to two people familiar with the situation,” The Daily Beast reported Sunday, adding:
Gates used the gatherings at Epstein’s $77 million New York townhouse as an escape from what he told Epstein was a “toxic” marriage, a topic both men found humorous, a person who attended the meetings told The Daily Beast.
“The billionaire met Epstein dozens of times starting in 2011 and continuing through to 2014 mostly at the financier’s Manhattan home—a substantially higher number than has been previously reported,” the report said. “Their conversations took place years before Bill and Melinda Gates announced this month that they were splitting up.”
Gates reportedly “encouraged Epstein to rehabilitate his image in the media following his 2008 guilty plea for soliciting a minor for prostitution, and discussed Epstein becoming involved with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.”
“[It’s] not an overstatement. Going to Jeffrey’s was a respite from his marriage. It was a way of getting away from Melinda,” said one source apparently at the meetings, noting that the pair “were very close.”
Gates has denied the allegations.
“Your characterization of his meetings with Epstein and others about philanthropy is inaccurate, including who participated. Similarly, any claim that Gates spoke of his marriage or Melinda in a disparaging manner is false,” a spokesperson for the billionaire told The Daily Beast.
“Bill never received or solicited personal advice of any kind from Epstein— on marriage or anything else. Bill never complained about Melinda or his marriage to Epstein,” the spokesperson added.
As highlighted by The Daily Wire on Sunday, “Gates reportedly made numerous advances toward women employed at his computer company and his foundation”:
Gates and his wife, Melinda, announced their intention to get a divorce earlier this month. Bill Gates’ reported pursuit of other women was one of several behaviors that strained his relationship with his wife to the breaking point, according to The New York Times.
“Multiple people said that during their marriage, Mr. Gates engaged in work-related behavior that they said was inappropriate for a person at the helm of a major publicly traded company and one of the world’s most influential philanthropies,” the Times reported.
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