Bill Gates Disappeared from Work for Secret Affairs with Women, Staff Allege
Billionaire had elaborate scheme to conceal his illicit meetings
Billionaire Bill Gates developed an elaborate scheme that enabled him to regularly disappear from the Microsoft office to meet with women for secret affairs, his former staff members have alleged.
Gates would reportedly drive to work at Microsoft in his Mercedes before driving off in a golden brown Porsche that an assistant brought for him.
Staff believed the car swapping was his system for concealing the illicit meetings with women, it has been claimed.
On May 4, the 65-year-old announced his divorce from Melinda Gates after 27 years of marriage.
One Microsoft employee told the magazine that it was common knowledge that Gates was having multiple affairs.
"We all assumed that it was when he was with women," the staffer revealed.
"I knew there were many offsite meetings that were not on his calendar."
Another employee denied the account, however, pointing out that Gates was meticulous with planning his day, famously dividing his time into five-minute blocks.
They said he was "one of the most intensely scheduled people on the planet."
Two sources told the magazine that someone in Melinda's circle worked with a private investigator leading up to divorce filing, and the PI's findings will form part of the case.
A spokesperson for the 56-year-old Texan called the claim "completely false. Neither Melinda nor anyone at her direction ever hired a private investigator."
Last month The New York Times reported that Gates, a father of three, pursued women who worked for him a few times when he was the chairman of Microsoft.
He once emailed an employee to ask her out to dinner, and another time told a woman who worked for the Gates Foundation that he wanted to take her out to dinner while they were on a business trip to New York.
In 2019, Microsoft's board of directors opened an investigation into his behavior after it was notified about his advances on an employee in 2000, and Gates stepped down from the board the following year after the company hired a law firm to look into the allegation.
A spokeswoman has said that his "decision to transition off the board" had nothing to do with the affair, and Gates himself has described it as ill-advised and in the past.
The magazine also reported that many of the Microsoft employees were made to sign Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) to prevent them from talking about his management style.
"For such a long time you were told: 'You have an NDA. You can't talk,'" said a former employee, who signed such an agreement.
They said they were emboldened to speak about working for Gates due to the current reporting, but knew there were risks.
They said lawyers were standing by and keeping watch.
"And these are not nice lawyers," they added.
The employee said that Gates, like many tech leaders, was frequently impatient and demanding.
A former partner who worked directly with Gates at Microsoft said that if a deadline was missed, the party responsible would answer directly to Gates.
The former employee called him "unrelenting" and "condescending," adding: "He would ask you a question, and when you answered, he'd look at you and go: 'That is NOT the right answer.'"
It has now emerged that Melinda Gates hired divorce lawyers in 2019 after meetings that Gates had with Jeffrey Epstein became public.
Epstein, who had been charged with sexually abusing dozens of children in the early 2000s, died while in custody in 2019.
Melinda Gates was said to have been deeply uncomfortable with Epstein after their first meeting and urged her husband to steer clear of the pedophile financier.
Yet Gates held several meetings with Epstein - to the chagrin of his wife.
A foundation spokesperson told The Guardian that "the foundation never had any financial dealings with Jeffrey Epstein."
Melinda Gates was also said to be unhappy with an investigation into Bill Gates' money manager Michael Larson, in 2018, which ended with the woman involved receiving a payoff.