Oh how the mighty have fallen…
Bill Gates’ image is crumbling before us all after he and his wife Melinda filed for divorce.
New information is now surfacing which reveals the true depths of Bill Gates’ relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Allegedly, the friendship that Gates and Epstein shared was a key factor in Melinda Gates’ decision to file for divorce.
It is reported that Melinda Gates was uncomfortable with the relationship from the beginning.
Bill Gates allegely attempted to help rehabilitate Epstein’s image as a sex offender by having him become involved in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Meanwhile, Epstein allegedly provided relationship advice to Gates, where the two would laugh about Gates’ “toxic marriage.”
Here's Daily Mail with more on the disturbing relationship between Gates and Epstein, and how it affected the former's marriage:
Jeffrey Epstein suggested Bill Gates should leave his wife Melinda during dozens of meetings at the convicted pedophile's $77million Manhattan townhouse, according to a person who attended the 'men's club'-style get-togethers.
Gates' visits to Epstein's 'lair' were an escape from his unhappy marriage, and the pair 'were very close', a source told The Daily Beast.
The report alleges the pair's friendship blurred personal and professional lines, and was much closer than Gates had previously admitted.
The Daily Beast revealed Gates sought marriage advice from Epstein during dozens of meetings between 2011 and 2014, far more than had previously been reported.
Gates apparently told Epstein his marriage to Melinda was 'toxic', which both men found funny, according to the report. A spokeswoman for Gates said he had never talked in a disparaging way about Melinda.
Bill and Melinda Gates - one of the world's richest couples with a fortune of $130billion - announced earlier this month that they were getting a divorce after 27 years of marriage.
The news comes as another blow to Gates who - in two new bombshell reports - was revealed to have had an affair 20 years ago, and was accused of making advances on employees at both Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The affair came to light after the Microsoft employee wrote to the board in 2019 with details, and allegedly asked that Gates' estranged wife read the letter.
The Microsoft board decided that Gates - who left Microsoft unexpectedly last year - should step down after the relationship in 2000 was deemed to be 'inappropriate', the Wall Street Journal reported.
Gates' spokeswoman confirmed he had a sexual relationship with a female staff member in 2000 and that he resigned as an investigation into the relationship was being conducted by an external law firm on behalf of the company board.
The New York Times also reported that Gates asked a Microsoft employee in 2006 after watching her make a presentation and, couple of years later, asked out an employee with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - both while he was married.
Gates reportedly told the Microsoft employee in an email: 'If this makes you uncomfortable, pretend it never happened.' She said she took his advice.
Gates later allegedly asked an employee with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to dinner, while the pair were in New York for a trip.
According to the The Daily Beast report, Gates suggested Epstein become involved with the couple's philanthropic organization and 'rehabilitate his image' after his 2008 conviction for soliciting a minor for prostitution, according to a person who attended the meetings.
Melinda Gates was so incensed by the friendship that she started speaking to a divorce lawyer after the pair's close ties were first reported by the New York Times in October 2019.
The friendship between Gates and Epstein began in 2011, three years after Epstein had pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution from a minor.
The Daily Beast reported on Sunday that the pair had met 'dozens of times' at Epstein's palatial $77m townhouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side between 2011 and 2014.
The pair would chat about science and philanthropy, as well as joking and gossiping in a 'men's club' atmosphere, the Daily Beast claimed.
Melinda Gates warned her husband Bill against any further contact with Jeffrey Epstein after the couple had an uncomfortable meeting with the convicted sex offender in 2013.
Melinda was 'furious' at Bill's relationship with Epstein after the couple visited the predator's Upper East Side townhouse in September 2013.
The meeting proved a turning point in Bill's relationship with Epstein, after Melinda expressed how uncomfortable she was with the sex offender and said she wanted nothing to do with him, the sources said.
Bill Gates allegedly tried to get Epstein to "rehabilitate" his image after Epstein's guilty plea for soliciting a minor for prostitution back in 2008 by having him become involved with the Gates Foundation.
More on that from the Daily Wire:
Microsoft founder Bill Gates reportedly pushed the late Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender, to remake his public image so he could work at Gates’ nonprofit.
Gates would meet with Epstein, who was convicted of soliciting a child for prostitution in 2008, at the latter’s mansion in New York to discuss their private lives as well as potentially working together at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Daily Beast reports. The meetings were one of the chief reasons why Bill and Melinda Gates chose to get a divorce, which the couple announced earlier this month.
According to the Beast, Gates “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.”
Gates went to Epstein’s New York mansion partly as a reprieve from his strained marriage to Melinda, a source who joined Gates and Epstein at the mansion on several occasions told the Beast.
“[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.
A former employee of the Gates Foundation said that Gates met with Epstein to get connected to some of Epstein’s other powerful and elite associates.
“My understanding was he wasn’t hanging out with Epstein to get women,” the employee said.
Gates, through a spokesperson, denied the allegations made by the anonymous source and reported by the Beast.