Melinda French Gates has been dating reporter Jon Du Pre for months

Melinda and Bill Gates got divorced in summer 2021. There was a lot of drama leading up to it involving sexual harassment, Jeffrey Epstein, and Bill regularly vacationing with his ex. Last month, Melinda spoke to Fortune about her experience, alluding to reasons why she left and how she got through it. But was that interview subtly laying the groundwork for this news? Melinda is said to be dating Jon Du Pre, a 60-something former Fox News reporter. They’ve been spotted out at a basketball game and a hotel in Newport Beach.

Melinda French Gates is reportedly dating again following her divorce from Bill Gates.

The philanthropist, 58, has been seeing Jon Du Pre, a former reporter who worked as a correspondent for Fox News in the ’90s and early 2000s, according to a report from TMZ.

The pair have been spending time together for a few months and attended a basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics back in April.

A rep for French Gates did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

This marks the first time the billionaire has been rumored to be dating since the end of her marriage to Bill Gates.

French Gates and the Microsoft co-founder, 67, filed for divorce in May 2021 after 27 years of marriage, and their split was finalized that August.

The former couple have three children together: Jennifer, 26, Rory, 23, and Phoebe, 20.

Du Pre, 63, has three children from a previous marriage, reports Page Six. In addition to being an author, he currently works in strategic communications, according to his LinkedIn page.

Although neither French Gates nor Du Pre has spoken publicly about their reported romance, the billionaire’s youngest child follows the former reporter on Instagram.

Earlier this year, in her first interview since her high-profile divorce, French Gates spoke candidly about “definitely” being open to dating again.

“I hope that happens for me again,” she told CBS Mornings’ Gayle King back in March.

“I’m dipping my toe in that water a little bit,” French Gates said, noting that the “water” is “interesting, at this point.”

[From People]

Jon seems to work in strategic communications now. Fox News did give me pause at first, but it was a different place in the 90s and early aughts than it is now. And he doesn’t seem to share the viewpoints of the current iteration of the network. Daily Mail pulled some of his tweets that indicate Jon disagreeing with Fox News and supporting President Biden. Daily Mail also did a pretty deep dive into his life. Jon and Melinda have a couple of things in common: both have three children from their previous marriages and were married to people in the computer software industry. Also, Jon looks pretty hot. He looks like he’s in great shape and very outdoorsy. Very rugged and handsome. (And the Daily Mail keeps pointing out how different he is from Bill.) Whether or not they’re a forever match, I like this for her. Some post-divorce fun with an attractive and seemingly non-problematic man sounds perfect after all that drama.

This is his sister:

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  1. LolaB says:

    Get it, Melinda.

  2. Emily says:

    I don’t know him, but I like this for her.

  3. Twin Falls says:

    Post divorce dating over 40 is hard. Maybe easier if you’re a billionaire but probably not by much. I had the same Fox News 🚩pause but yeah 30 years ago times were different. Good for her.

  4. milliemollie says:

    Good for her! She deserves a good and hot guy after being married to Bill Gates!

  5. Brassy Rebel says:

    He’s a Zaddy! To use a word I learned here. 😉

  6. Jess says:

    Yum. Get it, girl. Have some fun.

  7. Digital Unicorn says:

    He’s hot so you go get it girl!!

    Massive improvement over Billy Boy.

  8. Lens says:

    Not bad Melinda not bad!

  9. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    Go on Melinda and get you some girl!!!!
    He’s a friggin’ smoke show 🔥🔥🔥

    Bill Gates WHO?

  10. Blue says:

    When Mel met Bill, she was a techie, working for M’soft. She’s clearly grown & expanded her interests beyond his world. Glad she’s having fun with a guy who appears to be more well-rounded than her ex.

  11. Nicegirl says:

    Get it Mel!! Wow. Gosh he’s really attractive. I’m so glad to hear of her having some joy times.

    Love a fantastic romp or 1200 with a smoldering man as a heartache break post divorce. Ahh, hello future.

  12. SpankyB says:

    I find him a bit creepy. All he needs is the gold chains and white loafers.

    • Candy says:

      Yea, I get major player vibes. Don’t think they will go the distance, probably just a rebound. But as long as she’s having fun…

  13. Kaye says:

    Silver fox, although SpankyB’s comment about gold chains and white loafers is giving me pause.

  14. DiegoInSF says:

    Woah he’s hot 🥵! I would and I’m almost half his age!

  15. jferber says:

    Good looking dude. I know Melinda is smart enough to protect her money from silver-tongue and silver-hair devils.

  16. detritus says:

    I wonder if he’s insecure about his port wine marks, or burns, it’s hard to tell because of the shadow which is so perfectly placed.

    He’s very good looking and knows how to smile his very nice teeth and I hope Melinda is getting it and not getting back in bed with a sociopath.