Bill Gates had a closer relationship with Jeffrey Epstein than he admitted, The New York Times reports
Epstein was involved with Gates personally and with his namesake foundation
Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft and chairman of its board until 2014, was among the powerful men who spent a meaningful amount of time with the sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, according to reporting from The New York Times. Employees of Gates’ namesake foundation reportedly also met with Epstein, in multiple visits to the disgraced financier’s mansion.
A SPOKESWOMAN FOR GATES DECLINED TO SAY HOW MANY TIMES THE PAIR HAD MET
Previously, Gates had told The Wall Street Journal that he didn’t have a “business relationship or friendship” with Epstein. “I met him,” Gates told the Journal on September 10th. “I didn’t have any business relationship or friendship with him. I didn’t go to New Mexico or Florida or Palm Beach or any of that. There were people around him who were saying, hey, if you want to raise money for global health and get more philanthropy, he knows a lot of rich people.”
In The New York Times article, a spokeswoman for Gates declined to say how many times the pair had met. The paper’s reporting shows that Gates met with Epstein “numerous times,” including at least three times at Epstein’s townhouse. “His lifestyle is very different and kind of intriguing although it would not work for me,” Gates wrote in a 2011 email to colleagues. His spokeswoman says he was “referring only to the unique décor of the Epstein residence.”
“Bill Gates regrets ever meeting with Epstein and recognizes it was an error in judgment to do so,” his spokeswoman told The New York Times. “Gates recognizes that entertaining Epstein’s ideas related to philanthropy gave Epstein an undeserved platform that was at odds with Gates’s personal values and the values of his foundation.”
EPSTEIN TOLD THE PEOPLE THERE THAT HIS CONVICTION FOR SOLICITING PROSTITUTION FROM AN UNDERAGE GIRL WAS NO WORSE THAN “STEALING A BAGEL”
The Gates Foundation has committed $1 billion to gender equality. Melinda Gates, Bill’s wife and co-chair of The Gates Foundation, has said $1 billion is “only a small fraction of what’s necessary.” The foundation has often touted its commitments to women and girls.