Melinda Gates was concerned about her billionaire husband’s treatment of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in 2019, people familiar with the matter and a former employee of their charity told the Wall Street Journal.
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on Monday quoted people familiar with the matter as saying that Melinda Gates has been married to lawyers since at least 2012 after her husband Bill’s links to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein were made public. . Reviewing the paper and being a former employee of the couple’s charity organization.
Melinda Gates, a former employee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, told WSJ that Melinda Gates was concerned about her relationship with Appstein, who died in prison in August 2012 while awaiting trial in the U.S. federal sex trafficking case.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates met with Epstein on “numerous occasions” in early 2010, after Epstein had already been convicted of sexual offenses. The New York Times reported In October 2019, he cited more than a dozen people familiar with the relationship.
Melinda Gates told Bill that she was uncomfortable with Aptin after the couple met in 2013, a former employee of the Gates Foundation told WSJ, but that Bill and other foundation employees have continued their relationship with Epstein.
At least three meetings of Bill Gates and three meetings of Epstein were held “at Mr. Epstein’s palace in Manhattan townhouse” and Bill was involved in “staying at least once late at night,” the Times reported in 2019.
Melinda Gates phoned her advisers several times in 2012 after the Times report on Bill and Epstein was published, WSJ said it had reviewed the document.
Melinda and Bill Gates Announcing their divorce decision In a joint statement posted simultaneously on their Twitter account last week after 27 years of marriage.
“Over the past 227 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that enables all people around the world to lead healthy, productive lives,” the statement said. “We are sharing a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the Foundation, but we no longer believe that we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.”
A joint petition filed by the couple in a Seattle court to annul their marriage called it “unnecessarily broken.”
In response to WSJ’s request to comment on his relationship with Epstein, a spokesman for Bill Gates instructed the newspaper to respond to a previous interview with WSJ in a September 2019 interview: “I have met with him. I had no business relationship or friendship with him. ”
Epstein’s former friend, Ghisaline Maxwell, recently Not guilty Federal sex trafficking charges. He is being held in a New York City jail and is on trial this summer. Prosecutors have accused Maxwell, a British socialite, of helping to sexually abuse Epstein girls.
Although the Gates did not say how their divorce began, it shook the world of monsters.
According to Forbes, Bill Gates has a net worth of. 130.5 billion, and he has donated .8 35.8bn of Microsoft stock to the couple’s foundation.
He announced last year that he would be resigning from Microsoft’s full-time board as vice-president of the foundation.
Melinda Gates, 5, co-chairs the foundation and is the founder of Peotal Venture, an investment and incubation company dedicated to advancing the interests of American women and families.
Launched in 2000, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private philanthropic foundation in the United States and one of the largest in the world with a net worth of 43 43.3 billion at the end of 2012.
The Foundation provided ্ট 5.1bn in grants to 135 countries in 2019 and employed 1,602 people.
The day after the couple announced their divorce, Bill Gates’ holding company, Cascade Investments, 8 transferred 1.8bn in securities From Melinda Gates.