According to The Wall Street Journal, Melinda Gates has been in talks with divorce lawyers for years. Melinda and billionaire husband of 27 years, Bill Gates announced they were splitting on May 3, but the divorce had been in the works since at least 2019, with Melinda’s unrest in the marriage beginning even earlier.
While neither of the Gates have publicly announced what led to the split, it has previously been reported that Melinda had major concerns about her husband’s connection to sex-criminal, Jeffrey Epstein.
Melinda Gates Has Been Meeting with Divorce Lawyers Since Bill Gates Was Meeting with Jeffrey Epstein.
Bill’s willingness to meet with Epstein in 2011, three years after he had pled guilty to soliciting an underage girl, is said to “still haunt” Melinda.
Melinda was with her husband for the initial meeting with Epstein at his sprawling Upper East Side apartment in New York City and told friends of her discomfort at the time. Insiders close to the couple report that Melinda was “furious” over Bill’s relationship with Epstein, even though Bill has taken great pains to distance himself from the disgraced, late financier.
It has been reported that Bill and Epstein met more than once between 2011 to 2013 and though Bill denied ever travelling with Epstein, it was reported that he rode on Epstein’s private jet to Florida.
“Every meeting where I was with him were meetings with men. I was never at any parties or anything like that,” Bill was quoted as saying. “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’. He never donated any money to anything that I know about.”
The relationship between the billionaires appeared to dissolve in 2014, with Epstein complaining to an acquaintance that Bill had cut all ties. The damaged to Bill’s marriage, however, was already done, or, as the divorce papers stated, was “irretrievably broken.”
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