Bill Gates admits it was a 'huge mistake' to spend time with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and share 'several dinners': Says $130B divorce from Melinda 'was a source of great personal sadness'

 Bill Gates admitted on Wednesday that it was a 'huge mistake' to spend time with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and revealed that they shared 'several dinners.'

Gates, 65, also revealed that his divorce from ex-wife Melinda French Gates 'was a source of great personal sadness' for the Microsoft co-founder in an extensive and wide-ranging interview with Anderson Cooper on his CNN show.

Gates' relationship with Epstein dates back to 2011 but it became a point of contention in September 2013 between him and Melinda - who has been said to have been concerned about his relationship with the convicted pedophile.

Melinda reportedly told friends she was furious about their alleged friendship and wanted nothing to do with Epstein - and has been reported to have hired divorce lawyers in 2019 after meetings that Gates had with Epstein became public.

Bill Gates, 65, made a number of bombshell revelations during an extensive and wide-ranging interview with Anderson Cooper on his CNN show

Bill Gates, 65, made a number of bombshell revelations during an extensive and wide-ranging interview with Anderson Cooper on his CNN show

He revealed that his divorce from ex-wife Melinda French Gates 'was a source of great personal sadness': The couple are pictured with their three kids in a 2018 family photo. The kids - Jennifer (center), Rory (right) and Phoebe (left) are now aged 25, 21 and 18

He revealed that his divorce from ex-wife Melinda French Gates 'was a source of great personal sadness': The couple are pictured with their three kids in a 2018 family photo. The kids - Jennifer (center), Rory (right) and Phoebe (left) are now aged 25, 21 and 18

Gates also admitted on Wednesday that it was a 'huge mistake' to spend time with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and revealed that they shared 'several dinners'

Gates also admitted on Wednesday that it was a 'huge mistake' to spend time with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and revealed that they shared 'several dinners'

Gates has been reported to have visited Epstein's home numerous times and even talked with him about his 'toxic' marriage while the pedophile allegedly gave him advice on ending his marriage, according to the Daily Beast

The billionaire told Cooper that he also 'certainly' had concerns about Epstein, who had pleaded guilty and was convicted in 2008 of procuring a child for prostitution and of soliciting a prostitute - years before the tech mogul met the financier. 


'I had several dinners with him hoping that what he said about getting billions of philanthropy for global health through contacts he had might emerge. When it looked like that wasn't a real thing that relationship ended,' Gates said.   

'It was a huge mistake to spend time with him and give him the credibility of being there. There were lots of others in that same situation, but I made a mistake.'

A photo shows Bill and Melinda Gates while they were dating before getting married

A photo shows Bill and Melinda Gates while they were dating before getting married


Gates' spokesperson told Insider in June that Gates had 'absolutely no business partnership or personal friendship' with Epstein, and any meetings between the two were about philanthropy.

'It is extremely disappointing that there have been so many lies published about the cause, the circumstances and the timeline of Bill Gates's divorce,' the spokesperson said.

'The rumors and speculation surrounding Mr. Gates are becoming increasingly absurd and it's unfortunate that people who have little to no knowledge are being characterized as 'sources.'

Cooper also asked Gates if he had 'regrets' about recent allegations that he engaged in workplace misbehavior - though the billionaire did not provide extensive comment responding to those claims.

'Certainly everyone does [have regrets] but it's a time of reflection, and at this point, I need to go forward,' Gates said. 

'My work is very important to me, within the family we'll heal as best we can and learn from what's happening.'


In June, four Microsoft employees accused Gates of being an office 'bully' whose catchphrase was 'that's the stupidest f*****g idea I've ever heard' and claimed he pursued sexual affairs with employees and journalists.

Gates' reputation as a hot-tempered boss began not long after he launched tech giant Microsoft with childhood friend Paul Allen in 1975, Insider reported. A spokesperson for the billionaire has denied he mistreated employees.

A former Microsoft executive who spoke on condition of anonymity told the outlet that 'having a meeting with Bill was just an opportunity to get yelled at, so I tried to avoid that.'

Gates would even allegedly track his employees by memorizing their license plates, according to the outlet. 

Maria Klawe, a former Microsoft board member, said 'a person like Bill Gates thinks the usual rules of behavior don't apply to him' and accused him of being unreceptive to suggestions about improving diversity.

Klawe said that Gates behaved as if he was the 'smartest person in the room' and that diversity was not something Gates 'was interested in hearing about.'

Bill Gates, not pictured, still went on annual vacations to the Outer Banks of North Carolina with his ex-girlfriend Ann Winblad, pictured
Winblad, pictured, is the software entrepreneur, whom Bill Gates had dated from 1984 to 1987, even after marrying Melinda Gates

Bill Gates, not pictured, still went on annual vacations to the Outer Banks of North Carolina with his ex-girlfriend Ann Winblad, pictured, the software entrepreneur whom he had dated from 1984 to 1987, even after marrying Melinda Gates

She said that, when female executives would suggest diversity initiatives, Gates would allegedly respond with: 'Are you trying to effing destroy the company?'

A spokesperson for Gates told Insider that Klawe's allegations are a 'gross mischaracterization.'

Gates' relationships and encounters with employees have long been a topic of discussion surrounding the billionaire, the outlet noted.


French Gates herself was an employee at Microsoft, having been hired as a product manager in 1987, when the billionaire first asked her out months after flirting with her at a conference dinner.

In 2006, Bill Gates allegedly asked a female Microsoft employee out to dinner in an email after attending a presentation she had given, The New York Times reported.

'If this makes you uncomfortable, pretend it never happened,' Gates wrote in the email obtained by The New York Times.

A Gates Foundation employee told the outlet that the billionaire asked her on a date while they were at a cocktail party in New York.

'I want to see you. Will you have dinner with me?' Gates allegedly told the woman.

In the 1992 biography Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire, author James Wallace revealed Gates had an alleged affair with a married woman 13 years older than him when he was 27 years old.

His alleged affair was with the wife of an Osborne Computer executive who lived abroad, according to the biography.

Gates himself admitted to frequenting the area, centered on Washington Street between Boylston Street and Kneeland Street, in a 1994 interview he did with Playboy magazine.

'Just because I went there doesn't mean I engaged in everything that was going on,' Gates said.

'I ate pizza, read books and watched what was going on. I went to the diners.'

Wallace claimed to Insider that Gates' penchant for socializing with women remained even after he started dating Melinda Gates in 1987.

Gates was allegedly known to invite friends to swim naked at his bachelor pad in Laurelhurst where he 'rounded up' dancers from local all-nude nightclubs, Wallace said.

'I don't know if he physically transported them or if he just told them where to show up,' Wallace told the outlet.

Robert X. Cringely, who wrote a popular computer gossip column for InfoWorld, told Insider that Gates was allegedly often inebriated at tech events and after-parties and that he 'got drunk pretty easily.'

'All of us will have been at some affair where Bill was clearly impaired. He was happier' drunk, Cringely said.

Gates, then 33, took a helicopter to Les Arcs ski resort in the French Alps for an international sales meeting for Microsoft in the summer of 1988 where he was allegedly caught lying on top of a woman on the lawn.

The pair were 'just snuggling' after Gates joined his employees for drinks in a Swiss chalet and partied until the early morning, Dan Graves, a former Microsoft export manager, told Insider.

After he started dating Melinda, Gates allegedly struggled to commit to her and she was allegedly aware of his 'womanizing,' the outlet reported. The couple even broke up for at least a year early in their relationship.

'Bill wanted to be married, but he didn't know whether he could actually commit to it and have Microsoft,' Melinda said in an interview for the Netflix docuseries Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates.

Even after marrying Melinda, Gates told Time magazine in 1997 that he still went on annual vacations to the Outer Banks of North Carolina with his ex-girlfriend Ann Winblad, the software entrepreneur whom he had dated from 1984 to 1987.

Bill and Melinda Gates' personal affairs have been managed by Watermark Estate Management since at least 2001, which would allegedly arrange Gates' annual beach trips with Winblad.

The couple officially divorced on Monday after 27 years of marriage, just months after the couple first announced their split in May.

Cooper had started the interview on Wednesday, intended to discuss the recent surge of the Delta variant of COVID-19, by asking about Gates' divorce and its effects on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  

'It's definitely a very sad milestone. Melinda is a great person and that partnership that we had coming to an end is a source of great personal sadness,' Gates said.

'We are communicating and working at the foundation and so that partnership, we're going to try and continue.'

The foundation has said that Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates would continue working together as its trustees for two years on a trial basis.

'Melinda has incredible strengths that she brings that help the foundation be better. We always enjoyed our work together. The two of us can go out and work with leaders and help build the organization and so that would definitely be the best thing for the foundation.'

Bill Gates admits it was a 'huge mistake' to spend time with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and share 'several dinners': Says $130B divorce from Melinda 'was a source of great personal sadness' Bill Gates admits it was a 'huge mistake' to spend time with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and share 'several dinners': Says $130B divorce from Melinda 'was a source of great personal sadness' Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 05:05 Rating: 5

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