(FiveNation.com)- As soon as Bill and Melinda Gates announced their divorce, speculation was rife that the Microsoft founder’s relationship with dead billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein could have been a factor at play – and now it appears as though that really might have been the case.
According to reports, Melinda Gates was concerned about her husband’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein going back as far as 2013. Sources familiar with the ongoing divorce proceedings have told The Wall Street Journal that Gates had visited Epstein on several occasions at his Manhattan apartment over the years, causing concern from his wife Melinda.
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 3, 2021
The sources said that Melinda was uncomfortable about her husband’s relationship with Epstein after they first met him in 2013, and despite her concerns, Bill continued to meet with him.
But speaking to The Wall Street Journal in 2019, Bill insisted that he “didn’t have any business relationship or friendship with him.”
Nonetheless, there are several photographs of the men together and sources familiar with the divorce say that Bill Gates had met with Epstein sometimes late into the night – a factor that came into play when Melinda began divorce proceedings over two years ago.
To be fair, former President Donald Trump has also been pictured with Jeffrey Epstein, given just how extensive the late billionaire’s networking abilities were. So it remains to be seen whether this speculation is anything more than…speculation.
Bridgitt Arnold, a spokeswoman for BilL gates, said that Gates and Epstein would meet to discuss philanthropic projects – something the Microsoft founder is well known for.
“Bill Gates regrets ever meeting with Epstein and recognizes it was an error in judgment to do so,” she said.
The Gates divorce leaves open a fortune of almost $130 billion.