Revealed: Bill Gates reportedly “pursued” several women who worked for him
Bill Gates “pursued” several women in his office long after he wed now-estranged wife Melinda in 1994 — but it was the exposure of his ties to pedophile Jeffrey Epstein that really shook their marriage, according to a report on Sunday.
The New York Times detailed two instances where the billionaire tech mogul clumsily asked out women who worked for him at Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The two incidents and other more recent ones at times created an uncomfortable workplace environment, with Gates’ personal life becoming gossip fodder among employees, six current and former staffers told the newspaper.
In one instance, following a presentation by a female Microsoft employee in 2006, Gates, the company’s then-chairman, emailed the woman to ask her out to dinner, two people familiar with the exchange told the Times.
“If this makes you uncomfortable, pretend it never happened,” Gates wrote in an email to the employee, according to the report.
The woman was uncomfortable and pretended Gates never asked her out, the Times reported.
Bill and Melinda Gates announced that they are going to get a divorce earlier this month.
A few years later, another woman, who worked for the Gates’ philanthropic foundation, told the Times that he asked her out during a work trip to New York, saying “I want to see you. Will you have dinner with me?”
The woman recalled that she felt uncomfortable but laughed to avoid responding.
Some of the employees who spoke to the Times said they didn’t see Gates’ behavior as predatory, noting that he didn’t pressure the women to submit to his advances.
It’s unclear how much Melinda knew about her husband’s office behavior.
But she was reportedly upset over how Bill handled a previously undisclosed sexual harassment claim against his longtime money manager, Michael Larson, in 2018.
Then, in 2019, her husband’s relationship with Epstein was exposed, with the Times reporting at the time that Bill had spent time with the convicted sex offender on multiple occasions — including flying on his so-called “Lolita Express” private jet and attending a late-night gathering at his Manhattan townhouse.
Melinda Gates reportedly began meeting with divorce lawyers starting in 2019.