In 2019, the Microsoft Board of Directors received a letter from a female employee of the company that detailed how she and Bill Gates had a sexual affair that lasted years. After this came to light, some members sought to have Gates removed from the board of directors.
Microsoft spokesman told the Wall Street Journal the following:
“Microsoft received a concern in the latter half of 2019 that Bill Gates sought to initiate an intimate relationship with a company employee in the year 2000. A committee of the Board reviewed the concern, aided by an outside law firm to conduct a thorough investigation. Throughout the investigation, Microsoft provided extensive support to the employee who raised the concern.”
A Gates Foundation spokesperson gave a statement to the Journal as a response:
“There was an affair almost 20 years ago which ended amicably. [Gates’] decision to transition off the board was in no way related to this matter. In fact, he had expressed an interest in spending more time on his philanthropy starting several years earlier.”
The billionaire couple issued a joint statement over their now-famous divorce Saga
“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage. Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives.”
“We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives,” they added. “We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”
Bill Gates and Jeffrey Epstein
After Jeffrey Epstein was convicted of soliciting a child for prostitution back in 2008, he was contacted by and met with Bill Gates and encouraged to improve his public image so that he could work for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Bill Gates “met Epstein dozens of times starting in 2011 and continuing through to 2014 mostly at the financier’s Manhattan home—a substantially higher number than has been previously reported,” @thedailybeast is reporting.https://t.co/AAckBSWGlH
— Anand Giridharadas (@AnandWrites) May 17, 2021
According to the Daily Beast: Bill “encouraged Epstein to rehabilitate his image in the media following his 2008 guilty plea for soliciting a minor for prostitution, and discussed Epstein becoming involved with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.”
The meetings numerous meetings with Epstine is listed as one of the reasons Melinda Gates decided to leave Bill. A source told the Daily Beast that “[It’s] not an overstatement. Going to Jeffrey’s was a respite from his marriage. It was a way of getting away from Melinda,” the source said. Epstein and Gates “were very close,” the person said.
Gates hit back at the claims through a spokesperson: “Your characterization of his meetings with Epstein and others about philanthropy is inaccurate, including who participated. Similarly, any claim that Gates spoke of his marriage or Melinda in a disparaging manner is false. Bill never received or solicited personal advice of any kind from Epstein— on marriage or anything else. Bill never complained about Melinda or his marriage to Epstein.”