Bill Gates opens up about his marriage and “mistake” of befriending Jeffrey Epstein
Last week, Microsoft founder and billionaire, Bill Gates opened up about her divorce from ex-wife Melinda Gates. At the same time, he responded to cheating rumors and his friendship with Jeffery Epstein. In an interview with Anderson Cooper, he admitted to making huge mistakes in the past.
After 27 years of marriage, Bill Gates and ex-wife filed for divorce earlier this year and opened a Pandora box
In 1987, Melinda started working at Microsoft and that’s how she met Bill Gates. The couple got married in 1994 and have three kids together. Throughout this time, they worked endlessly to tackle global problems which are ignored by the governments. In 2000, they founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which supports health projects, vaccine programs, scholarships, sanitation programs, and much more. However, they decided to call it quits in May 2021. The news of Bill Gates’ divorce came as a shock to everyone. At the same time, it gave us a glimpse into his personal life. Needless to say, there is a lot to unpack.
In an interview on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, he admitted to cheating on Melinda.
Right after his divorce was finalized, Bill Gates admitted that he cheated on Melinda in the past. According to some reports, he had initiated having an intimate affair with an employee in 2020. In the same year, he resigned from his position at Microsoft. It was also speculated that the reason for their divorce was infidelity. However, Gates insists that the affair happened 20 years ago and his resignation had nothing to do with it. While talking about this with Anderson Cooper, he said:
Certainly, I think everyone does have regrets. But it’s a time of reflection and at this point I need to go forward. My work is very important to me. Within the family we’ll heal as best we can and learn from what happened.
Another important issue that Bill Gates addressed was his friendship with Jeffery Epstein.
After Anderson Cooper urged him to explain his relationship to Epstein, Gates could not dodge the bullet and had to answer. According to him, Melinda warned him about the disgraced financer many years ago. They met in 2011 and developed a strong bond over the years. However, Bill Gates has expressed his regret over the friendship. He said:
I had several dinners with him, you know, hoping that what he said about getting billions of philanthropy for global health through that he had might emerge. And when it looked like that wasn’t a real thing, that relationship ended. But it was a huge mistake to spend time with him and give him the credibility. There were lots of others in the same situation, but I made a mistake.
Melinda and Bill Gates finalized their divorce on 2nd August 2021.
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