NYT: Bill Gates propositioned & harassed multiple coworkers during his marriage

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As we’ve been discussing here on this blog and on the Gossip With Celebitchy podcast, I have been shocked to see how Melinda Gates and her crisis management team have been playing the divorce in the media. Melinda and Bill Gates have enough money to buy and sell many media outlets, magazines and newspapers. They could hire all of the crisis managers and publicists they wanted. They could sit in separate mansions and tell the peasants to kiss their ass. So why is Melinda’s team putting out all of this stuff in People Magazine, TMZ, Page Six and the Daily Beast? I couldn’t figure it out. But I’m starting to. I think Melinda was priming the public for even bigger revelations, like the fact that Bill Gates socialized with Jeffrey Epstein *a lot* and that Bill sexually harassed and/or propositioned Microsoft employees during his marriage. From the New York Times:

Bill Gates & the money manager: In 2018, Ms. French Gates wasn’t satisfied with her husband’s handling of a previously undisclosed sexual harassment claim against his longtime money manager, according to two people familiar with the matter. After Mr. Gates moved to settle the matter confidentially, Ms. French Gates insisted on an outside investigation. The money manager, Michael Larson, remains in his job.

He pursued women he employed: On at least a few occasions, Mr. Gates pursued women who worked for him at Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, according to people with direct knowledge of his overtures. In 2019, Microsoft’s board of directors, on which Mr. Gates sat, opened an investigation into one of those cases after being notified that he had “sought to initiate an intimate relationship with a company employee in the year 2000,” Frank X. Shaw, a Microsoft spokesman, said on Sunday. The board hired a law firm to investigate. The following year, Mr. Gates stepped down from Microsoft’s board. The Wall Street Journal reported the 2000 incident and the board’s investigation.

More about his sexual harassment: Long after they married in 1994, Mr. Gates would on occasion pursue women in the office. In 2006, for example, he attended a presentation by a female Microsoft employee. Mr. Gates, who at the time was the company’s chairman, left the meeting and immediately emailed the woman to ask her out to dinner, according to two people familiar with the exchange. “If this makes you uncomfortable, pretend it never happened,” Mr. Gates wrote in an email, according to a person who read it to The New York Times. The woman was indeed uncomfortable, the two people said. She decided to pretend it had never happened.

Ew, gross: A year or two later, Mr. Gates was on a trip to New York on behalf of the Gates Foundation. He was traveling with a woman who worked for the foundation. Standing with her at a cocktail party, Mr. Gates lowered his voice and said: “I want to see you. Will you have dinner with me?” according to the woman. The woman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because she did not want the public attention associated with describing an unwanted advance, said she felt uncomfortable but laughed to avoid responding.

Multiple instances of harassment: Six current and former employees of Microsoft, the foundation and the firm that manages the Gates’s fortune said those incidents, and others more recently, at times created an uncomfortable workplace environment. Mr. Gates was known for making clumsy approaches to women in and out of the office. His behavior fueled widespread chatter among employees about his personal life. Some of the employees said that while they disapproved of Mr. Gates’s behavior, they did not perceive it to be predatory. They said he did not pressure the women to submit to his advances for the sake of their careers, and he seemed to feel that he was giving the women the space to refuse his advances.

Dinners with Epstein: For years, Mr. Gates continued to go to dinners and meetings at Mr. Epstein’s home, where Mr. Epstein usually surrounded himself with young and attractive women, said two people who were there and two others who were told about the gatherings. On at least one occasion, Mr. Gates remarked in Mr. Epstein’s presence that he was unhappy in his marriage, according to people who heard the comments.

[From The NY Times]

Yeah, I don’t know why the Times and their sources are soft-pedaling what sounds like years of completely inappropriate work behavior by Bill Gates. Just because he didn’t “punish” these women or hurt their careers, it was still wildly inappropriate for Gates to continuously proposition employees and coworkers. Besides, I’m not convinced that he didn’t harm their careers – rejecting or ignoring the advances of your boss (who happens to be one of the richest men in the world) is bound to cause some work problems for these women. As for the Epstein stuff… I mean, we get it. Melinda wants us to know, for sure, that she wasn’t part of that at all, and she doesn’t know what her husband and Epstein were up to. I believe that.

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  1. Astrid says:

    Wow. Just goes to show that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. I always thought of them as a devoted and loving couple. And now we’re learning all kinds of unpleasant stuff about Bill.

    • Natters5 says:

      I thought he was very asexual so I’m just blown away that he had sexual desires period.

      • Lola says:

        There have been rumors of him often frequenting sex workers in Seattle for decades.

      • EM says:

        That’s what I thought of him too – asexual. Now to find out that he is potentially a harasser, perv & worse. Eww.

    • iconoclast59 says:

      His parents were/are fixtures in Seattle society and have always appeared to have a stable marriage. I figured Bill would model his marriage after theirs… but maybe he did?? You never know what really goes on in a marriage.

    • HeyJude says:

      I never assumed he was super milquetoast completely just from knowing the rich and seeing how many go this philandering way from sheer boredom. But I’m shocked he tried to screw around with women at work, underlings especially in this day and age, and didn’t just do what normal sad, old rich dudes do and go for models, strippers, etc.

      I thought he was smarter than that, smart enough to know the cardinal rule of not shitting where he eats.

      Very surprised he’s not as intelligent as he appeared to be.

  2. Darla says:

    The Epstein stuff is the only thing that rises to a level of serious for me. I was asked out all the time by management, it’s so easy to blow off with an “i have a bf”. The ones who persist are the problem. If they let it go right away, it’s a nothing burger to me. Just my opinion. I’ll need to wait and see what the full story with Epstein is. But…sounds like he was around him A LOT more than we first knew. That right there is grounds for divorce IMO. (of course, asking out other women, also grounds for divorce)

    • lanne says:

      How do you know that they aren’t holding a grudge even if they “let it go?” How does a person know if their refusal will be held against them when it comes tome for promotions and raises? How does a person know if their refusal means they will be passed over for important projects, or that even more subtle harrassment will begin?

      Sexual harrassment isn’t about sex–it’s a power play. A manager should not be pursuing a subordinate for this reason. It’s the same reason a college professor should not pursue a student in their class. It’s not a nothing burger if the student says no and the As they used to earn on assignments become Cs.

      Really, a billionaire head of a company asks a woman employee out, she says no, and that’s okay if he seems okay with it? What kind of culture is being created at that company? What if a subordinate of the billionaire asks the woman out? What if he’s NOT okay with her no?

      Putting all of your faith in the hoped-for decency of management is a terrible idea. Lots of men, particularly men in positions of power, don’t take no for an answer. Trusting that they will take no for an answer just because they say so seems incredibly dangerous to me. In your case it might not have been, but I think it’s really short sighted to assume that because it was the case for you, it would be the case everywhere.

      I mean, if it were the case everywhere, then no really would mean no. And we wouldn’t continually have to tell men that no means no.

      • lee says:

        I think everyone agrees that propositioning or dating a subordinate is a bad idea. However, Melinda Gates was Bill Gates subordinate when they started dating and they eventually wed and had 3 children. Its impossible to stamp out office relationships because quite frankly that is where most interactions between human beings actually occur. The heart wants what it wants. As long as the two people are adults, its consensual and human resources is notified it shouldn’t be a problem if two people in the same company want to get together. In these type of cases all of the liability is on Bill Gates or the male. If a woman wants to say she succumbed to his charms only because of the power differential she has the ability to sue. They are the one who should avoid dating employees.

      • ItReallyIsYouNotMe says:

        I am an employment lawyer. While I appreciate that Gates was not predatory towards these women, what he fails to understand is that the issue is that no one at that level of a company should be using their workforce as their dating pool. There is an inherent imbalance of power where, even if he thinks he gave them space to say no, they may not feel like they can really say no without hurting their careers. The women shouldn’t be in a position to have to guess what will happen to them if they say no because by then the horse has bolted. There is actually a different liability standard for the heads of businesses for this reason. He is opening himself and the company to millions of dollars in liability by not just cheating outside the company if that’s what he wanted to do.

      • Jaded says:

        @Lee – yes, Melinda was a subordinate employee at the time they started dating but Bill Gates wasn’t married. THAT is the big difference and if he was actively pursuing other women in the workplace after he and Melinda married THAT is a big problem.

      • LMR says:

        Yes, just because he is an awkward geek doesn’t mean he wasn’t predatory. If he is in a position to hire and fire, it’s automatically predatory.

    • cassandra says:

      😬😬

      Getting asked out by managers is absolutely sexual harassment and an experience that has always made me deeply uncomfortable. Also, the fact that you have to give an excuse as opposed to just being able to say no indicates they would not respect a refusal.

      Just because it happens all the time does not make it okay. So much yikes to the normalization of men abusing their power

      • Emmy Rae says:

        Personally I’ve had plenty of unpleasant workplace attention from men, not just managers. Once they’ve crossed the boundary I never feel comfortable working with them. What was a pleasant work relationship (to me) becomes a series of questions about if they ever took me seriously to begin with, do they now, will they try to undermine me to soothe their ego, etc. Everyone knowing I was married made no difference. A boss? With Gates level power? Awful, awful.

      • candy says:

        Agreed. For me, the situation is permanently soured after that.

        This type of abuse is so often encountered by women, leading to toxic work environments. To be clear, it is much harder to succeed when your work environment is polluted with these destabilizing events. It is NOT something you can ignore, even if you try. Ignoring it is also a burden that has consequences.

    • Darla says:

      Yes, all good points, but I’m someone who married my boss. Began working for him in 95, married him in 98. Divorced him in 06. But he was a great love of mine and still a close friend. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. I guess my good experience does color my outlook. I do remember someone saying that Mika and Joe Scarborough were a Me Too story with a happy ending, and I did laugh. I suppose there is some truth there.

      • lanne says:

        I know professors who married their students and have great relationships. It’s going to happen, it does happen. It should NOT be normalized due to the power embalance. The subordinate has too much to lose, and they’re in a position to have to rely on “faith” that their superior will not retaliate. That’s bad. That leaves the patriarchal structures that allow abuse of power in place. Lots of relationships, even good ones, wouldn’t likely happen now under corporate non-fraternization rules, but those rules help protect against abuse of power.

        Maybe under new circumstances, you or your spouse would have had to move departments in order to date, or a professor would have to wait until the student was out of their class to pursue the relationship. That’s…not a bad thing.

      • Brittany says:

        I had the opposite experience, it was a nightmare and in fact one of my previous colleagues was sent to jail for a second degree felony sexual assault. His behavior was normalized by most of our bosses and other colleagues to an extraordinary degree but it was criminal behavior and it finally exploded in a way they could no longer cover up. I was severely scarred and left the job but it has been tough to recover.

        It is not appropriate for supervisors or coworkers to approach people in the workplace for a date. The power dynamics between Bill Gates (!) and a minor or junior employee at the company he owned are skewed too far.

        I always wonder why these men can’t just approach women at social events like most of us would. Why they have to go after subordinates at work. And the answer is pretty obvious. They prefer the power imbalance. It’s gross.

      • Rhonda says:

        I just wanted to add that this type of behaviour doesn’t just create a toxic work environment for the people being hit on by their bosses. For example, if the boss puts together a team that s/he interacts with is s/he overlooking better qualified candidates because s/he isn’t interested in dating them? Are they hiring people based on whether they want to sleep with them? It shouldn’t be part of the culture or part of the job requirement.

      • Darla says:

        Harassment and sex assault are always wrong. I mean, I didn’t say I met my husband when he raped me in the office. I still am not down for a zero tolerance policy. Why do men have to be such creeps about stuff? Cuomo was a sex pest apparently. I mean, yeah I have zero tolerance for anything like that. But listen, I’m not corporate, left that world to go out on my own years ago and I’m sure there are myriad reasons why I was never cut out for it. I’m not exactly always appropriate myself. It’s fine if that’s what works these days. I’m not arguing against it. This all began because personally I am more alarmed over the idea he may have been using Epstein to procure underage victims.

    • Isabella says:

      I’m glad that it worked out for Darla, but horny bosses aren’t not fun. You have to keep working with a guy who is picturing you naked in bed. He’s not listening to your ideas, promoting you or helping you in your career. Many companies have rules against boss/subordinate relationships–and have had for many years. It’s a serious power-imbalance.

    • Mcmmom says:

      @Darla – no, just no. A supervisor asking out someone within the direct line of management is an absolute, unequivocal NO. For Bill Gates, that would have been everyone at Microsoft. Just because there are occasional “happy endings” doesn’t mean it’s ok or ethical. The fact that he was married gives it an extra layer of “eww,” but it was unprofessional even if he was single.

  3. OriginalLala says:

    Billionaires aren’t good people – let’s stop putting the rich/famous on pedestals, and assuming they have any kind of ethical, moral and intellectual authority.

    • Desert Lizard says:

      ^^^This.
      One of the things I wish everyone would realize about the pandemic is just how much richer the rich got. The rest of us suffered the loss of family and friends, jobs, and homes. The rich gained billions of dollars at our expense. There is not one billionaire who got there by their own hard work. Sure, they created corporations and gave us products but they did it on the backs of people who have been underpaid, overworked, and mistreated. They are not good people.
      Eat the rich.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ OriginalLala, thank you!! The fact that men of power are asking their subordinates out for a “private” audience should not be tolerated or an acceptable practice, but again, we are talking about people who are not used to being told no. We don’t know how it actually affected the careers of these women. We have already seen in multiple industries that it doesn’t bode well for the women.

    • candy says:

      A million times this.

  4. Sofia says:

    There’s definitely a big power difference between Bill and employees at Microsoft. Not only is he the chairman of the company, he’s also a billionaire with money and power to make anybody’s life hell. Just cause he didn’t doesn’t erase that.

  5. Cecilia says:

    Okay now I definitely think something is about to come out during/after the maxwell trial.

  6. Diana says:

    I know I should not be surprised but damn!!!! Had me again! Why do rich men in high power positions always have to be so disgusting! Why??!!

    • megs283 says:

      Same.

    • keroppi says:

      I know. Just shaking my head.

    • moo says:

      Because power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
      Also, people in general, even “nice and ethical” people, would do so much more (just name the behavior) if they knew they could/would get away with it.

      • deering24 says:

        “Most people never have to face the fact that at the right time and the right place, they’re capable of anything.” Wealth gives an insane amount of right times and places. In fact, too many folks pursue money so they can do whatever they want.

      • Korra says:

        I tend to err more on the philosophical leanings of the Robert Caro quote that power reveals character deficiencies that were already present to begin with, just concealed better before that individual acquired power. But, I do think those that actively seek power the way the Bezos, Gates and Zuckerbergs of the world do absolutely start off with major moral and character deficiencies that only get worse once their wealth takes off.

  7. Lauren says:

    This is disturbing on so many levels. At this point, I would not be surprised if Melinda has a truckload of dirt on Bill’s disgusting behavior. I hope those women are doing ok, or better at least.

    • Soupie says:

      Well she must if she and her team are making ish public. I agree it’s priming.

      • Gillysirl says:

        There was an article except that was on Yahoo – and I can’t find it now! – but it alluded to Melinda Gates wanting to be treated like a queen and was upset Bill got all the publicity – called her bitter. It was like Bill’s camp trying to hit back. But that doesn’t match up with anything else I’ve heard about her.

  8. Mrs. Peel says:

    “If this makes you uncomfortable, pretend it never happened,” – my gawd. So creepy and inappropriate.

  9. Izzy says:

    “ Some of the employees said that while they disapproved of Mr. Gates’s behavior, they did not perceive it to be predatory.”

    There is a power imbalance in the first place, and a lot of women would be scared to say no because of the repercussions for their careers. That is why it’s inappropriate and usually frowned upon in the first place. Him giving the women an out doesn’t correct that power imbalance.

    • Chaine says:

      Right? Idk why this post title calls the women his “coworkers” — it is a huge difference between someone else on your work team asking you out and the billionaire founder of your global conglomerate company. I’ve worked at some major corporations and even had a meeting once with a well-known CEO who was my then company’s ultimate boss and in no way did I think of him as my “coworker”—I was completely terrified the whole time of doing anything wrong that would offend him and potentially hurt my career.

    • lee says:

      And a hell of a lot of women would say yes because of the advancement of their careers too. Lets stop with the blinders.

      • Isabella says:

        Let’s be fair to women. We fend this stuff off all day long. And who says that unpaid sex worker leads to a promotion. More likely, it gets out and the woman has to leave.

      • Chaine says:

        Oh please, just because some women are ok with it or see it as an opportunity does not mean that women are on equal footing, does not negate the power imbalance, does not mean its not often predatory and harassing.

      • Larisa says:

        The fact that it’s a way to advance your career isn’t on women. If men are willing to promote women they have relationships with, rather than people who deserve the promotion, the problem is the culture, not the women.

      • lee says:

        I am saying that we are all big boys and big girls, and we all take the sexual harassment training. If you feel uncomfortable when a boss or peer asks you out say so. If you wish to have a relationship with the boss such as Melinda Gates and Mackenzie Bezos did you should be allowed too if you feel you have met your soul mate. We all know people who married their boss or someone on the job who have wonderful relationships or marriages. If you are a woman dating your boss be prepared to deal with the inuendo, drama, and the repercussions if the relationship does not pan out. If you are a man be prepared to deal with the drama, a possible lawsuit and dismissal if the relationship does not pain out. That’s why one should not date people on the job however, for every really bad case of sexual harrassment i can count to dozens of more cases of people who met on the job, got involved and while not marrying had lifelong friendships with their ex.

      • whateveryousay says:

        You are a mess Lee. It’s not okay at any organization to ask a subordinate out. It’s like manager 101. If you want to ask out a subordinate, you need to disclose it, make sure HR knows, and that woman or man needs moved so they don’t report to you. If you are the CEO, you shouldn’t be asking anyone out that works for you full stop.

      • Brittany says:

        Lee – “ That’s why one should not date people on the job however, for every really bad case of sexual harrassment i can count to dozens of more cases of people who met on the job, got involved and while not marrying had lifelong friendships with their ex.”

        Your subjective and completely unsubstantiated views aren’t evidence. You have no clue.

      • Jaded says:

        @Lee – and a hell of a lot more women have said “no”. Quit women-shaming by accusing them of dating the boss for easy advancement. I am one of those women who said no. I worked with an IT CEO as his EA for 5 years. Years of his unrepentant come-ons, accidentally brushing my behind or boobs, asking me personal questions about my relationship, etc. etc. When I finally complained to HR about that and some fake expense reimbursements I caught him submitting, guess what? I GOT FIRED.

  10. Robyn says:

    I wish I could say I’m surprised. Ugh.

  11. Eurydice says:

    I remember that back before he got married people thought Bill Gates was an unwashed basement-dweller – kind of a feral genius. Then Melinda came along, threw him in the shower and made him presentable. But I guess you can’t wash away everything.

  12. teresa says:

    The crazy thing is, this is an open secret in Seattle, almost in the style of the 50’s since no one ever talked about it openly until now. He deserves all the bad media attention he is getting.

    • carousel says:

      That’s super interesting, especially because as far as I’m aware there haven’t even been whispers in the broader public. It sounds like the fact that he wasn’t persistent after hearing a “no” is the reason it hasn’t come out until now. That doesn’t make it okay of course, I wonder how many women said yes because they felt they had to.

    • Malificent says:

      I have friends who worked at Microsoft at the time that they were dating/married. They assumed that Melinda began dating Bill for advancement because it wasn’t for his charm and social skills. Maybe he was a hidden gem, but everything I’ve heard about him over the years indicates that underneath the big ego and lack of charm is more big ego and lack of charm.

      • teresa says:

        I don’t know about this though, she was very accomplished when she came to Microsoft, I think she had at least two undergrad degrees one is Mechanical or Industrial Engineering and I think an MBA. So I don’t think she dated him to advance in the company, I think he saw her as his intellectual equal.

    • Kristic says:

      I’m really curious about the statement that the Bill stuff is an open secret in Seattle. Seattleite here who knows folks close to Bill and the Gates Foundation and everyone is pretty surprised.

      • teresa says:

        I’m basically a nobody, and I’ve known for several years about Bill’s issues, so yeah I think it’s an open secret, but that doesn’t mean everyone knows.

  13. Lauren R says:

    Interesting how the article refers to Melinda as Ms. French Gates now or has she always been Ms French Gates.

    • Desert Lizard says:

      I have never seen her referred to in that way before. I’m guessing she is taking her maiden name back, even if as a hyphenate. Good for her.

  14. Digital Unicorn says:

    I have a vague recollection of reading stories about him and Microsoft employee’s years ago – Melinda was a former employee so he had previous for dating women who worked for him.

  15. Devs says:

    oh please, melinda knew or knows. she’s just trying to get a bigger cut from the settlement.

    i really hope people don’t turn her into some ridiculous girl boss icon. the only great thing that can come out of this is bill’s reputation being in tatters or her donating billions out of her settlement directly to people and communities who need it the most. especially those mostly affected by climate change.

    • Rose says:

      My ex was a college professor who slept with undergraduate students (at his university and others). For years. I had no clue until a student sent me all the incriminating evidence on a thumb drive. Even though I kicked him to the curb as soon as I could get my financial ducks in a row, people still thought I knew. I didn’t.

      If someone really wants to hide something from you, they can do it.

      • GA says:

        I’m so sorry for the shock you had to go through Rose, and I would usually agree with your sentiment but that’s not the case here. Especially for famous billionaires, there is so much media attention on this crop of elites that she must have known something. The article quoted even says the company was investigating his behaviour in 2019 – and this is only one example.

      • Capepopsie says:

        @Rose I totally agree with you. If you haven’t been in a similar situation, you wont understand. Sad but true.

    • Lizzie Bathory says:

      @Devs, I agree with you. In the last week, stories came out that Melinda “disapproved” of Bill’s relationship with Epstein going back to 2013. Why is she telegraphing discomfort with the relationship that far back if she didn’t know something was off? She was in his townhouse once (per NYT, I think). By most accounts, it was fairly obvious what he was up to in his home. There were very young girls around all the time, plus obscene artwork.

      I think many things are tolerated in those circles that we normal people couldn’t comprehend.

    • Isabella says:

      Let’s not blame Melinda for her husband’s skeezy behavior.

      • North of Boston says:

        +1

        Don’t deflect from what Gates apparently *actually did* to go after ‘the woman who should have known what he did’

        HE did it.
        SHE didn’t.

        And to put a point on it: SHE’S also been a billionaire head of the Gates Foundation and there’s been no news of HER going up to employees and propositioning them and saying “if this makes you uncomfortable let’s pretend it never happened”

        This is a ‘BILL Gates problem’, not an “other people who were married to Bill Gates or knew Bill Gates problem”

  16. Cws says:

    Those weren’t *co-workers*, they were his *employees* of the company he owned.
    It was always uncomfortable that he fished off the company pier to date the woman he married, you had to assume he’d made overtures to women at his company before he met his wife…now it appears he did it after they married as well. Gross.

  17. Gab says:

    Not surprised but triggered none the less.

  18. JRenee says:

    No matter how much she contributed, I bet there were folks on the payroll that helped hide a lot of his shenanigans from her.
    Get your divorce and move along Melinda..

  19. Lowrider says:

    Creepy man. From his obsession with Africa to his connections to Epstein. He going to have pay big money to Melinda!

  20. MaryContrary says:

    Well it’s now clear why their kids were siding with her and it’s not just “growing apart.” Ick.

  21. Watson says:

    Yikes. This to me says there are more skeletons that are going to be unearthed. While his behaviour isn’t workplace sexual harassment because he stopped and didn’t pursue when told no, he blurred the lines of professionalism because his power within the company was and is extreme. These women didnt know if they declined if there were repercussions attached. So inappropriate and unprofessional. Not illegal, but definitely gross.

  22. Capepopsie says:

    So, it turns out he has a slightly more sofisticated Weinstein approach.
    Disgusting. There will probably be more to come . . . .

  23. Willow says:

    And these are only the women we know about. There are probably some who said yes. Hopefully because they wanted to. No judgement at all for whatever decision they made.

    What about all those dinners at Epstein’s. After his constant inappropriate power plays at work does anyone really think he only went there for food?

  24. Amelie says:

    Wow, well I honestly didn’t see any of that coming. He was obviously very awkward and bumbling propositioning his employees but that doesn’t make it okay. This is so disappointing but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since he was okay hanging out with Epstein.

  25. Size Does Matter says:

    All the sugar babies out there brushing up their resumes.

  26. SM says:

    So, Bill is just like Microsoft, on some fundamental level misunderstanding humans, their needs and ways of conduct. All jokes aside, so now the Melinda’s PR mechanic wants to know this is all new to her? She suddenly found out that her husband was engaging in inappropriate behaviour with other women, through out their life together? Really? Especially when there were some attempts to investigate at the foundation? That is not to say that that at any level is her responsibility or her problem, her husband is a grown man. More like she got enough of her fake life with him or there are some details related to Epstein affairs.

  27. Rnot says:

    So Bill Gates complained to Epstein that he was in a loveless marriage? He also cheated on his wife with his own employees? I’d put the odds at 99.9% that he used Epstein’s services as a pimp.

    • Darla says:

      ^^^ This is what I think and what I’m more interested in here. Because we all know what Epstein specialized in and it wasn’t consenting, adult women.

  28. Liz version 700 says:

    I saw someone on Twitter make the most perfect comment. Melinda Gates has the PR team the British Royals think they have. That is so spot on. The gentle trickle of information letting us know Bill is probably a creep, maybe a sex pest too. Then let us marinate on that a bit and drop Epstein’s name. Then start to let us know how many times Melinda had to step in to make sure victims of inappropriate behavior by Bill were not punished… So probably more than a sex pest more like a sex predator and I am sure there is more to come uugh

  29. Imara219 says:

    I’m glad this stuff is coming to light because Gates has been exposed as a morally bankrupt person for years, but the mainstream wasn’t sharing out.

    • Gillysirl says:

      it seems most people in IT circles have known this for years – he’s not a nice guy and is pretty brutal, he always has to be right

  30. candy says:

    I did not see this coming, but now that I know, I can sort of tell by looking at him.

  31. Anne says:

    Yeah she is clearly no Mrs Cosby Mrs Weinstein, nice to see and proof of the disgusting differences.

  32. L4frimaire says:

    Remember when we thought this was going to be an amicable mature divorce. This is getting g really messy, really fast. Despicable behavior by Bill, especially asking out employees., abd no excuse to hang with Epstein. They do whole dossiers to vet their landscapers , but no problem hanging a convicted sex offender? Arrogance and privilege. Melinda has obviously decided she wants to come out of this completely untethered from Bill and start steering the ship of the foundation. More will come out of this.

  33. SusanRagain says:

    Billionaires should not exist.
    That huge amount of wealth is never achieved by following the rules.
    Brutal, underhanded, ego driven, and contempt for others are traits needed to get to that level. They certainly feel they are the best of the best, IMO.

    Let all the details about Bill/Epstein become public knowledge.
    Prince Andrew, Clinton and every other scumbag who was involved w/Epstein, may they all burn in hell.
    Then get the FBI/Scotland Yard set on them like rabid dogs and keep the pressure on!

    Can you imagine if the law actually jailed these scum?

    IMO, Melinda has every right to wash the dirty laundry of Bill in public.

  34. Floppy says:

    I knew there was some expose on Bill coming when Melinda’s team or whoever kept leaking they’d gone to all the trouble of leasing a private island, moving there (whole family very “angry with him”), and Bill was not invited. Figured it was Epstein details; you wouldn’t assume a guy that high profile in a huge company could get away with that kind of inappropriate toward-staff behaviour for so long.

  35. Shannon says:

    See…I am not at all surprised by this. Years ago there was a cable movie about ole’ Bill and the rise of Microsoft. He was played by Anthony Michael Hall, who if you don’t know was the geek in Sixteen Candles. The movie wasn’t very good, but I gave Hall props for his betrayal because he played ole’ Bill as an absolute douche who stole and bribed his way to billions. So, I am not in the least surprised by any of this douche-ry.

  36. Murekatete says:

    I’ve worked in Africa, living here for the most part, since 2001. I’ve had this happen to me – not with BG, of course, but with men who are always certain that you, as a younger woman, would be thrilled and not question them. It is so normal, and sickening at the same time. I’m not going to name names because some are known in the circles that work in development here. But I have no doubt he thought nothing of it – he was only thinking about himself. I thank my lucky stars I had internal self-worth and could say no when no was required.