The news of Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates ‘split after 27 years of marriage left many people in shock, in part because of their finely crafted image of marital stability and Gates’ image as a “beneficent.” corny ”. But since then, the media has turned the spotlight on Gates, opening a series of questions about the behavior of the Microsoft co-founder during what French Gates, in his divorce petition, called a marriage “irretrievably broken.” In case you haven’t had time to dig into the details of the reports that emerged over the past weekend yet, here are the highlights of what we’ve learned so far.
Shortly after the announcement, People and the Daily Beast published reports on the multi-year relationship between Gates and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The two were first linked in 2011, three years after Epstein was convicted of soliciting a minor for the purpose of prostitution. According to the Daily Beast, Gates made dozens of visits to Epstein’s New York mansion, where they reportedly discussed how the Microsoft co-founder could end what he called a “toxic” marriage. ” , as well as Epstein’s potential involvement in Bill and Melinda. Gates Foundation. “Going to Jeffrey’s was a respite from his marriage. It was a way of getting away from Melinda, “a source told The Daily Beast, a qualification that a representative for Gates disputed as” inaccurate. “
Perhaps the most memorable detail of the Times investigation was a quote from an email Gates sent to his colleagues in 2011: “His lifestyle is very different and intriguing although it doesn’t work for me. Gates wrote of Epstein. Gates spokesperson told The Times that Gates was referring to the “unique decor” of Epstein’s home.
Chief Financial Officer Michael Larson
The New York Times reported on Sunday that French Gates asked her husband in 2017 to hire an outside party to investigate the sexual harassment allegations against her longtime CFO, Michael Larson. Larson heads Cascade Investment, the “secret” entity that oversees much of the Gates’ wealth; the harassment allegations came from the manager of a bicycle shop that was partly owned by a venture capital firm in which Cascade had invested. When the allegations first came to light, Gates had decided to settle the lawsuit for an undisclosed sum, but French Gates lobbied for further action. Gates hasn’t hired the outside investigator and Larson remains in his role.
The Times reported that Gates was known to research connections with women who worked for him, both at Microsoft and the couple’s multi-billion dollar charity. According to the Times, in an email Gates sent to a coworker in 2006, he invited her to dinner and wrote, “If this makes you uncomfortable, pretend it never happened.” product.” Another woman who worked for the Gates Foundation told The Times he once invited her to a cocktail party.
And on Sunday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Gates’ affair with a former Microsoft employee in 2000 ultimately led him to resign from the company’s board of directors. After Microsoft received a 2019 letter from a woman describing a sexual relationship with Gates, the board opened an investigation. But before it was officially concluded, Gates resigned. A spokesperson for Gates told the Journal that “there was a case nearly 20 years ago that ended amicably,” and claimed that the real reason for his resignation was a desire to focus more on philanthropy. But the Journal report revealed that “board members were concerned about Mr Gates’ relationship with the woman that had been inappropriate.” Gates’ departure from the board came three months after his re-election.
The Times pointed to the dissonance that all of this was happening as French Gates worked to promote the empowerment of women around the world, and reported that Gates could be dismissive of his wife in meetings – “making people squeak. teeth some employees of the foundation ”.
French Gates has reportedly objected to the relationship between Gates and Epstein from the start. This relationship, the Wall Street Journal reported, ultimately led to French Gates seeking divorce attorneys as early as October 2019, when Gates and Epstein’s ties became public. Ultimately, as Bill Gates’ reputation dates back to following these reports, one thing to take away is undeniable: French Gates handled the fallout in an impressive way. As reporter Sarah Jones tweeted, “Nothing but respect for the public relations team at Melinda Gates.”
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