Melinda Gates Wanted a Divorce Since 2019, Partly Due to Bill’s Ties to Jeffrey Epstein
More details are slowly emerging after Bill and Melinda Gates announced that they would be ending their marriage after 27 years in a surprise announcement made last week.
Today, it was revealed that Melinda Gates had actually begun meeting with divorce lawyers from 2019 partly over concerns she had about Bill's dealings with Jeffrey Epstein who is a convicted sex offender.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Melinda had begun meeting with attorneys from several firms as early as October 2019. Her meetings partly stemmed from her unease about Bill's ties to Epstein which began approximately around 2013.
It was reported that Bill Gates had met up with Epstein a number of times and had even stayed late at his townhouse in New York. The meeting was said to be about philanthropy.
Epstein died in jail in August 2019 while awaiting trial on charges that he had trafficked underage girls for sex.
The divorce between Melinda and Bill was apparently negotiated during the pandemic where legal teams worked to divide the couple's wealth. The Bloomberg Billionaires Index puts the couple's fortune at US$145 billion with Bill Gates being the fourth richest person in the world.
Melinda Gates, on the other hand, has recently become a billionaire as a result of the divorce.
On May 3, the day the couple announced their divorce, Bill's investment vehicle, Cascade Investment, transferred US$1.8 billion in securities to Melinda. This transfer made Melinda worth a minimum of at least US$1.8 billion.
Despite their divorce, the couple has vowed to remain co-chairs of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a philanthropic organisation that the pair founded in 2000. They also maintain that they plan to give away most of their wealth.
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