Jeffrey Epstein Gave Bill Gates Tips on How to Escape 'Toxic' Marriage to Melinda
Microsoft founder sought marital advice from convicted pedophile
Microsoft founder Bill Gates asked convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein for advice on how to escape his "toxic" marriage to Melinda, according to reports.
Epstein reportedly gave Gates marital tips during dozens of "men’s club" styled meetings at the now-deceased child sex trafficker's infamous "house of horrors" mansion in New York.
Gates’ frequent visits to Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse were an escape from his unhappy marriage, a source told The Daily Beast.
The source also claimed that the two men "were very close."
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 Daily Mail.
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.
The New York Times also reported that Gates made advances on a Microsoft employee in 2006 after watching her make a presentation and, a couple of years later, asked out an employee with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – both while he was married.
Gates reportedly told the Microsoft employee in an email: "If this makes you uncomfortable, pretend it never happened."
She said she took his advice.
Gates later allegedly asked an employee with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to dinner, while the pair were in New York for a trip.
According to The Daily Beast report, Gates suggested Epstein become involved with the couple’s philanthropic organization and "rehabilitate his image" after his 2008 conviction for soliciting a minor for prostitution, according to a person who attended the meetings.
Melinda Gates was so incensed by the friendship that she started speaking to a divorce lawyer after the pair’s close ties were first reported by the New York Times in October 2019.
The friendship between Gates and Epstein began in 2011, three years after Epstein had pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution from a minor.
Melinda Gates warned her husband Bill against any further contact with Jeffrey Epstein after the couple had an uncomfortable meeting with the convicted sex offender in 2013.
Melinda was "furious" at Bill’s relationship with Epstein after the couple visited the predator’s Upper East Side townhouse in September 2013.
The meeting proved a turning point in Bill’s relationship with Epstein after Melinda expressed how uncomfortable she was with the sex offender and said she wanted nothing to do with him, the sources said.
Gates and Epstein became friendly in 2011 when Epstein pitched a fund to the Gates Foundation and JP Morgan.
When they met, Epstein had already spent a year in prison for soliciting child prostitution, but he was welcomed back into the upper echelons of New York society.
After their first meeting, Gates sent an email to colleagues saying of Epstein: "His lifestyle is very different and kind of intriguing although it would not work for me."
When the friendship was first revealed in 2019, Gates told the Wall Street Journal: "I didn’t have any business relationship or friendship with him."
After further revelations came in the New York Times in October 2019, a spokeswoman said he "regrets ever meeting with Epstein and recognizes it was an error in judgment to do so."
Gates said in a statement to the New York Times at the time: "I didn’t go to New Mexico or Florida or Palm Beach or any of that.
"There were people around [Epstein] who were saying, ‘Hey, if you want to raise money for global health and get more philanthropy, he knows a lot of rich people.’
"Every meeting where I was with him were meetings with men.
"I was never at any parties or anything like that.
"He never donated any money to anything that I know about."
After the latest claims were put to Gates, his spokeswoman said the "characterization of his meetings with Epstein and others about philanthropy is inaccurate."
"Similarly, any claim that Gates spoke of his marriage or Melinda in a disparaging manner is false."
The same month the New York Times published details of Gates’ friendship with Epstein in 2019, Melinda began consulting with divorce lawyers, which culminated in the announcement this month that their 27-year marriage was over.
Gates suggested Epstein become involved with the couple’s philanthropic organization and "rehabilitate his image" after his 2008 conviction for soliciting a minor for prostitution, according to a person who attended the meetings.
Gates’ visits to Epstein’s "lair" was an escape from the marriage, according to the source, who claimed the two men had become "very close."