Bill Gates admitted on Wednesday that it was a ‘huge mistake’ to spend time with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and revealed that they shared ‘several dinners.’
Gates, 65, also revealed that his divorce from ex-wife Melinda French Gates ‘was a source of great personal sadness’ for the Microsoft co-founder in an extensive and wide-ranging interview with Anderson Cooper on his CNN show.
Gates’ relationship with Epstein dates back to 2011 but it became a point of contention in September 2013 between him and Melinda – who has been said to have been concerned about his relationship with the convicted pedophile.
Melinda reportedly told friends she was furious about their alleged friendship and wanted nothing to do with Epstein – and has been reported to have hired divorce lawyers in 2019 after meetings that Gates had with Epstein became public.
Gates has been reported to have visited Epstein’s home numerous times and even talked with him about his ‘toxic’ marriage while the pedophile allegedly gave him advice on ending his marriage, according to the Daily Beast.
The billionaire told Cooper that he also ‘certainly’ had concerns about Epstein, who had pleaded guilty and was convicted in 2008 of procuring a child for prostitution and of soliciting a prostitute – years before the tech mogul met the financier.
‘I had several dinners with him hoping that what he said about getting billions of philanthropy for global health through contacts he had might emerge. When it looked like that wasn’t a real thing that relationship ended,’ Gates said.
‘It was a huge mistake to spend time with him and give him the credibility of being there. There were lots of others in that same situation, but I made a mistake.’
Gates’ spokesperson told Insider in June that Gates had ‘absolutely no business partnership or personal friendship’ with Epstein, and any meetings between the two were about philanthropy.
‘It is extremely disappointing that there have been so many lies published about the cause, the circumstances and the timeline of Bill Gates’s divorce,’ the spokesperson said.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Adam Schrader