Now a very different image of Bill Gates has emerged after he admitted to having an affair with an employee 20 years ago and allegedly suing other female employees.
The 65-year-old Microsoft founder has also been beaten by other allegations regarding his links to pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. There are questions as to why he met the now deceased convicted sex offender when he apparently knew about his evil past.
And the image of the tech guru’s marriage to his wife Melinda, which looked solid as they were a powerful £ 91 billion couple on a mission to save the planet, has crumbled as they head out. to divorce courts.
Sources say Melinda, 56, was angry that her husband went to the home of billionaire financier Epstein in New York City and started divorce proceedings after her ties to him became public in 2019.
Since the announcement of his divorce just over a fortnight ago, Gates’ debut has come under intense scrutiny. According to his biographers, he enjoyed nude pool parties with strippers and was a womanizer in his youth.
Journalist James Wallace, who wrote Overdrive: Bill Gates and the Race to Control Cyberspace, said: “A lot of these Microsoft kids were young people wearing pizza-stained T-shirts and working on software code.
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“Then they would have some pretty wild parties, where they would go out and pick up strippers in Seattle and take them to Gates’ place.
“He wasn’t a choir boy back then. Gates co-founded Microsoft in 1975, just 20, with his childhood friend Paul Allen after leaving college.
It made the company the biggest software company in the world and Gates is now worth around £ 93 billion. Wallace’s book described the alleged nude parties at Gates’ house.
He said the computer genius would “visit one of Seattle’s completely nude nightclubs and hire dancers to come to his house and swim naked with his friends in his indoor pool.”
The journalist also alleges that his “wife” put a strain on his first dating with Melinda, with whom he began dating in 1987.
He wrote: “He continued to play in the field for a while, especially when he was away on business, when he frequently hit female reporters covering Microsoft.
“Melinda was well aware of Gates’ feminization, and their relationship was hot and cold. At one point, they broke up for almost a year.
The couple eventually married in Hawaii in 1994, and Gates is said to have bragged to his friends that they had not lost their way during their marriage. But this week it emerged that he cheated on Melinda in 2000 when he saw one of his employees.
The Microsoft board later investigated his affair because dating a staff member could be considered “inappropriate.”
A spokesperson for Bill Gates confirmed to The Sun: “There was an affair almost 20 years ago that ended amicably. Bill’s decision to leave the board was in no way related to this issue.
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It’s safe to say that Gates had flirted with at least one employee prior to this incident, as he started dating Melinda when she was a young product manager at Microsoft.
The New York Times claimed on Sunday that this was a pattern of behavior that would repeat itself in decades to come.
An anonymous woman from staff at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has distributed nearly £ 40 billion in charitable grants since 2000, claimed he whispered to her: ‘I want to see you. Would you like to have dinner with me?
Another report alleged that Gates asked a Microsoft employee to come out in 2006 after giving a work presentation.
The New York Times said: “Several people have said that during their marriage Mr. Gates engaged in work-related behavior that they felt was inappropriate for someone at the head of a large publicly traded company. “
His spokesperson denied that Gates mistreated the staff. Meanwhile, further details about the extent of Gates’ relationship with Epstein have puzzled many observers who wonder why the philanthropist would have anything to do with a convicted sex offender.
The two men first met in January 2011, three years after Epstein was convicted of procuring a child for the purpose of prostitution.
Gates visited the financial adviser’s giant 40-room house on New York’s Upper East Side at 8 p.m. and spent several hours there. Dr Eva Andersson-Dubin – a former Miss Sweden and Epstein’s ex-girlfriend – was also present with her 15-year-old daughter.
Epstein then bragged about the reunion in emails to a friend, seen by The New York Times, writing, “Bill is awesome.”
Meanwhile, Gates reportedly informed his colleagues that he found the financier’s lifestyle “quite intriguing.” It was the first in a series of encounters between the computer genius and the sex offender – including a trip aboard his private jet.
“IRRETRIVABLY BROKEN” MARRIAGE
Gates admits it was “an error in judgment” to have met the disgraced businessman, and his spokesperson says the “scheming” comment was a reference to Epstein’s setting. There are claims, denied by Microsoft, that Gates even asked Epstein for advice on ending his marriage to Melinda.
Feminist Melinda was particularly angry at her relationship with the terrifying Epstein – and reportedly started speaking to divorce lawyers after a 2019 friendship briefing was published.
Speaking about Melinda’s decision to divorce, another source told People magazine, “Epstein is definitely a sore point. It takes a long time for the problems to get worse.
“She was totally opposed to what she saw as shady deals and other issues he wanted to tackle in business. She wasn’t afraid to talk about it either. Melinda finally filed for divorce from her 27-year-old husband this month, saying in court documents her marriage was “irretrievably broken.”
They said in a joint statement: “We no longer believe that we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.” The couple, who have three adult children, are now engaged in talks with lawyers over the split, which is set to be one of the costliest separations of all time.
No reason for the split was given, despite leaks – apparently from Melinda’s side – suggesting the whole family were “furious” at Gates.
According to reports in the United States, it was Melinda who ended Gates’ relationship with Epstein in September 2013. She allegedly visited Epstein’s New York townhouse with her husband and expressed how bad she was. at ease with him rubbing shoulders with the sexual convict. .
Epstein committed suicide in prison in August 2019, weeks after being arrested on a slew of new sex trafficking charges.
There are no suggestions of wrongdoing by Bill Gates and he denies attending Epstein parties. A spokesperson for Gates insisted he met Epstein because he “claimed he could bring billions of dollars to philanthropy.”
Bill and Melinda wrote a “separation contract” and he has already given billions of shares to his ex-wife. An unnamed former employee has claimed the couple have been living in separate wings of their £ 70million Washington mansion in recent years.
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Another insider suggested that a “combo of things” contributed to the Gates’ divorce, including their youngest daughter, Phoebe, who was 18 last year.
They said, “No one is going to want to invite more scrutiny because it will hurt their credibility.”
But with a new focus on Gates’ friendship with Epstein and his relationship with the staff, the billionaire must prepare for more uncomfortable questions to come.