Melinda Gates ‘was aware there were some issues’ with Bill harassing subordinates

After nearly 30 years together Bill Gates and Melinda Gates announced their separation! **FILE PHOTOS**

For weeks, I couldn’t understand why Melinda Gates and her team were leaking information to the NY Post, TMZ, People Magazine and other outlets. Surely, a billionaire’s divorce would not be played out in the tabloids? But I get it now. Melinda wants to come out of this mess clean, with her “good name” intact, and she wants Bill’s reputation to suffer. I don’t even think it’s purely about money, although that’s a factor. Melinda doesn’t want to “wear” the Jeffrey Epstein sh-t, nor does she want to be the wronged wife, suffering in silence anymore. Which is probably why the New York Times and Wall Street Journal both got some dirty leaks over the weekend – the Times reported on Bill Gates’ history of propositioning and sexually harassing subordinates at Microsoft (and his foundation). The WSJ said one of the affairs with a subordinate was the reason why he was ousted as CEO of Microsoft as well. So what did Melinda know?

Melinda French Gates was not entirely in the dark when it came to her husband Bill Gates’ alleged indiscretions at Microsoft, a source tells PEOPLE.

“Melinda was aware there were some issues, but it’s unclear if she knew about all of it,” says the insider.

Though the couple split after 27 years of marriage earlier this month, a spokesperson for Bill, 65, on Monday confirmed an affair with a staffer that took place nearly 20 years ago. A recent New York Times report alleged that the billionaire Microsoft cofounder had a reputation for pursuing women who worked for him.

“There definitely were steps taken along the way with Microsoft at various times based on his behavior,” the source tells PEOPLE.

Meanwhile, a recent Wall Street Journal report alleged that Bill’s past affair with a staffer was what prompted him to step down from the Microsoft board last year following an investigation — something he denied. A spokesperson for Bill told PEOPLE in a statement that while there was an affair nearly 20 years ago that “ended amicably,” it had nothing to do with Bill’s decision to transition off the board.

“Microsoft received a concern in the latter half of 2019 that Bill Gates sought to initiate an intimate relationship with a company employee in the year 2000,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “A committee of the Board reviewed the concern, aided by an outside law firm to conduct a thorough investigation. Throughout the investigation, Microsoft provided extensive support to the employee who raised the concern.”

[From People]

Keep in mind that with the 2000 affair/harassment stuff, that was after Bill and Melinda married, but she was on maternity leave on and off around that time too – their children were born in April 1996, May 1999 and September 2002. It’s likely that Bill was cheating on Melinda while she was pregnant and/or on maternity leave. What a pig. What a douche. That’s why I sort of believe that Melinda was in the dark about some of this stuff – she was having babies and focused on getting their foundation off the ground.

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  1. Cecilia says:

    If she wants to come out of this clean then i don’t understand why she went to the press to imply that she was aware of some of his intimate relationships with employee(s).

    And they are slowly becoming and example of why a long marriage doesn’t necessarily mean a happy marriage. Jesus what a mess!

    • FrontPorchSittin says:

      Just because she wasn’t blind doesn’t mean she is culpable for his behavior. It has been stated that she wanted to wait until the kids were out of the house – which makes even more sense now that we know she’s going to grab that bag for her kids.

      It also makes it clear that she was not ok with his dealings with Epstein. As someone else stated, this is about legacy. She’s done a lot of good things philanthropically and doesn’t deserve his (either BG or JE) stink on her.

  2. Cws says:

    It was in the newspapers at the time the board removed him so… I know she probably read a paper or so at least once a week. So, no, she couldn’t have been unaware. She saw his removal… you think a savvy MBA grad didn’t know, or know how to google? Come on

  3. Calibration says:

    I just keep looking at Mel’s bad surgery. It does her zero favours. So from my friends in the area, and I’ve said this away ago,, yes issues but Epstein really is the main one. He’s cheated on her, we all know. But now it’s about legacy. It’s not about money. It’s legacy

    • Golly Gee says:

      Yes, and specifically for her to maintain a clean reputation so the future of her charitable foundation doesn’t suffer. Her charity work seems to be very important to her.

    • teresa says:

      That is a really good point.

  4. CWS says:

    Maybe what happened in 2000 is why they “didn’t have a prenup”.

    • Seraphina says:

      There has to have been a reason for not having one, I agree. And I don’t believe it was “LOVE” that stopped that prenup from being written up. They aren’t that naïve or stupid.

  5. FrontPorchSittin says:

    Good for Melinda. He’s been skeezing around being worshipped for being Bill Gates and hanging out with creeps like Epstein while she has been killing it with the Foundation. I hope she takes him for anything and everything she wants and then keeps right on going. She’s already clearly the better person.

    • Kalana says:

      Anyone who can remember what Microsoft was like in the 90s should have known Bill was an unscrupulous creep.

      • Eurydice says:

        Sure, I think Bill was still seeing Ann Winblad when he asked Melinda out, and Melinda had only been with the company for some months. But back then, the tech companies were all a hotbed of hot beds – lots of nerdy workaholic guys and a handful of geeky girls. And HR was just the place that handed out the paychecks. All those guys were “unscrupulous creeps,” in that they were monomaniacs and idiot-savants. Not excusing Bill’s behavior at all, he should certainly have learned better.

  6. The Hench says:

    “Melinda was aware there were some issues, but it’s unclear if she knew about all of it,” says the insider.

    But even if she only knew ‘some’, what a mess. The first lot was apparently only 6 years in – she stayed another 21. Just…we only get to do this life once. That’s a long ass stretch of one’s life to live married to this prat.

    • Lemon says:

      It’s complicated when there are children, and we don’t know the whole truth about the dynamics of their relationship. There might have been some shades of gray.

      I’ve seen a couple of good, solid long term relationships crumble under the stress of the lockdown, and the attention economy (going down the rabbit hole via social media and coming out Qanon people). I can’t imagine what living as billionaires would do to someone’s personality or social structure.

      The sad thing to me is that these high profile divorces become driven by media teams leaking information. What does that do to their kids??

      • Seraphina says:

        Lemon, very well said. I know this is a gossip site and I love to come and speculate but the older I get the more I realize that judging is easy trying to understand the WHY is difficult. And everyone has their own story. No two people are alike and thus we never know what is going on 100% to lead to the decisions we see unfold on the public stage.

      • The Hench says:

        Hey @Lemon – yes, I hope that you’re right and that there were better patches. People stay in marriages for a whole host of reasons and everyone’s life is their choice but so often I see people existing rather than living. Bill looks like he was consistently a total douche, their children were aware of the misery and tension, 27 years is a looong time. I’m sad that, for whatever reason, she didn’t feel able to leave until now.

  7. SurelyNot says:

    I’m sure she knew he had affairs and that he fished in his own pond. In the beginning when the kids were young it was probably, a mistake, the first time, she meant nothing, I was lonely, you were pregnant, it will never happen again. Over the years it did happen again because zebras and stripes and things.

    I don’t blame her for his wandering dick. I don’t blame her for staying. None of his actions are hers to wear IMO.

    I don’t blame her for wanting to come out of this with her dignity and I get why she wants to shit on him on her way out the door (the kids clearly approve too).

    • MissMarirose says:

      Of course she knew he dips his pen in the company ink. That’s how Melinda and him got together in the first place. She worked for him.

  8. Bobbie says:

    I am not sure what difference it makes what she knew or didnt know or when. It isnt our job to judge and exonerate her. Plenty of people stay in bad marriages. Maybe at some she was sick of him and glad other women were taking him off her hands.

  9. Ann says:

    Apropos of nothing, I glanced quickly at that bottom photo of Melinda and really thought it was Keen Kate.

  10. Marigold says:

    Lots of people get divorced. Most people don’t come out of it with billions of dollars. Most of us had to scramble and get it together to support ourselves. I really think she will be fine.

  11. Keira says:

    Curious if got w any woman *outside* of Microsoft. Seems like he is so socially awkward he may never left his pond.

  12. what's inside says:

    She is actively separating her identity from Bill. Right vs wrong, i.e.

  13. Shannon Brown says:

    Once a douche…always a douche. That is true no matter what. I never quite bought into the billionaire philanthropist act because of all the crap ole’ Bill did to get those billions. You can’t make that type of money and not be some kind of a-hole.

  14. Tianafora says:

    I can’t fault any woman for waiting until the kids are adults before leaving. If there’s no abuse within the family then it’s understandable that many women will stay in spite of their husbands behaviour outside of the home.

    It’s a way of ensuring their kids are always safe and protected because they’re under the mothers care all the time. It’s our instincts to hold the family together.

    Now they’re grown, she can be free. She seems like a nice woman. She’s not responsible for her husbands associations and clearly didn’t approve.