Thu, May 6, 2021, 10:04 PM·4 min read
Bill Gates and Jeffrey Epstein. John Lamparski/Getty Images, Associated Press
- A meeting between the Gateses and Jeffrey Epstein in 2013 reportedly left Melinda Gates upset.
- The Daily Beast reported Thursday that she warned her husband about his relationship with Epstein.
- The New York Times had reported that Bill Gates and Epstein met several times from 2011 to 2013.
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A meeting between Bill and Melinda Gates and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in 2013 left Melinda upset at the relationship between her husband and the financier, as reported by The Daily Beast on Thursday.
Sources told the outlet that her soon-to-be ex-husband's friendship with Epstein - who had already pleaded guilty to soliciting an underage girl in 2008 when the two struck up a relationship in 2011 -"still haunts" Melinda, according to The Beast.
According to the outlet, the couple met with Epstein in New York City at his Upper East Side mansion in September 2013. Sources told The Beast that soon after the meeting, Melinda told friends of her discomfort during the encounter. Several people close to the couple told The Beast she was "furious" over her husband's relationship with Epstein.
Gates' ties to Epstein were first reported by The New York Times in late 2019 following Epstein's death by suicide in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York, where he was being held pre-trial. Epstein had been charged with multiple counts related to sex trafficking underage women in July of 2019.
Gates was among many several high-profile figures who faced backlash over ties to Epstein following the sex offender's July 2019 arrest, but among the billionaires, politicians, and royals who parlayed with Epstein, Gates was rare in that he began his relationship with the financier after Epstein had already been convicted of sex crimes, according to The Times.
The Times reported that Gates and Epstein met multiple times from 2011 to 2013. In 2013, Gates rode on Epstein's private jet from New Jersey to Palm Beach, Florida, according to the outlet, though Gates had previously denied he'd ever traveled with Epstein in a 2019 interview with The Wall Street Journal.
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