Melinda Gates Spotted With Diamond Ring, Sparks Engagement Rumors

As she stepped out of a private chopper in New York City, billionaire and former Fox News reporter Melinda French Gates was seen wearing a diamond engagement ring on her finger. 

She started dating Jon Du Pre the same year the Gates filed for their divorce in 2022.

The 64-year-old Du Pre, who used to host Fox News, was married to Gina Larsen, who won Miss Utah in 1985. His memoir, The Prodigal Father, 

In the 1950s, Du Pre’s father, Robert, was the subject of espionage accusations against communists in Hollywood. Robert had been a prominent civil rights lawyer and FBI agent. The connection between Du Pre and his father was turbulent. The family’s finances took a hit due to Du Pre’s penchant for drinking and partying. After working at ABC4 in Utah, he relocated to Las Vegas and now runs a media production firm. He left mainstream television in March 2015 after working at KUSI in San Diego.

After her divorce, Melinda spoke frankly about what happened in her marriage and how it all came to a head, explaining that no one spark initially ignited their fire—eventually leading to their split. Over time, she realized that the relationship was harmful to her health and that she could no longer trust the connection she had with Bill.

The Bloomberg Billionaires Index estimates that Bill Gates’s wealth exceeds $148 billion, while Melinda’s net worth is $13 billion. They had previously operated their private aircraft, security, and other services under the umbrella of Watermark, but they chose to split it. 

Paula Hurd, 60, married Mark Hurd, the co-CEO of Oracle, until his untimely death in October 2019. Bill has been spotted with Paula on many occasions.