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Bill Gates Says He Thought Relationship with Epstein 'Would Lead to Something Good'

Microsoft co-founder grilled about meetings with convicted pedophile

 on 4th May 2022 @ 11.00pm
bill gates is defending his relationship with convicted pedophile jeffrey epstein © press
Bill Gates is defending his relationship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein

Billionaire Bill Gates has defended his relationship with deceased child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein by claiming that he thought repeatedly meeting with the convicted pedophile "would lead to something good."

Microsoft co-founder Gates was grilled about his friendship with Epstein during an interview with NBC News’s Samantha Guthrie for the Tuesday episode of the “Today” show.

Gates admitted it was a “huge mistake” for him to meet multiple times with Epstein, which occurred after the disgraced financier was convicted and jailed for raping children in 2008.

The two discussed a wide array of topics, including Gates’s forthcoming book, his recent divorce from wife Melinda, fellow billionaire Elon Musk, and COVID-19 vaccines.

Toward the end of the interview, Guthrie asked Gates why he kept meeting with Epstein even after his conviction and whether he regretted doing so.

Gates replied that he “certainly made a huge mistake” in meeting Epstein, “not only meeting him in the first place” but also meeting him “a number of times.”

bill gates developed his friendship with jeffery epstein after his child sex abuse conviction © press
Bill Gates developed his friendship with Jeffery Epstein after his child sex abuse conviction

“I’d add that to the list of big mistakes,” he said.

“I had a goal of raising money for global health,” Gates said, trying to explain his rationale for meeting the convicted sex offender.

“I didn’t realize that meeting with him almost downplayed the incredibly awful things he did.”

“You know, I learned more about that over time,” the billionaire added.

When Guthrie then asked him if he had an intuition that meeting with Epstein might not be right, Gates replied, “No.

"He was a bad person and, you know, I had a reason that I thought those meetings would lead to something good.

"But I shouldn’t have done them.”


Gates isn’t the only high-profile figure to have connections to Epstein.

Others include former President Bill Clinton, businessman Leslie Wexner, attorney Alan Dershowitz, and Britain's Prince Andrew.

The notorious financier was accused of engaging in sexual abuse, child prostitution, and sex trafficking alongside his long-term companion, Ghislaine Maxwell. 

Epstein owned a private island in the Virgin Islands, known as "Pedophile Island," that allegedly was the site of unlawful sexual activity with women and girls.

He died in a New York jail cell in 2019 in what was ruled a suicide.

Another major topic Gates and Guthrie discussed in the interview was the divorce that ended his 27-year marriage.

A year ago on Tuesday, he made a surprising announcement via social media that he and Melinda “no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.”

On what was the first anniversary of that shocking announcement, Guthrie asked Gates how he was coming to terms with the divorce.

“Well, the divorce is definitely a sad thing,” he said.

“You know, I have a responsibility for causing a lot of pain to my family.

"You know, it was a tough year.

"I feel good that all of us are moving forward now,” Gates continued.

"My oldest got married.

"Melinda and I are, you know, continuing to work together.

“So, you know, it was sad and tragic but, you know, we’re — we’re moving together.”

melinda gates cited bill s relationship with pedophile jeffrey epstein in divorce papers © press
Melinda Gates cited Bill's relationship with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein in divorce papers

Guthrie also asked Gates about allegations of his infidelity in the marriage.

The U.K.’s Daily Mail reported on May 4, 2021, that during their marriage, Gates and his wife had an understanding wherein he would spend weekends with ex-girlfriend Ann Winblad.

“I certainly made mistakes, and I take responsibility,” he said.

“I don’t think delving into the particulars at this point is constructive.

“But, yes, I caused pain and I feel terrible about that.”

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