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Bill Gates Explains He Met With Jeffrey Epstein Because Epstein Knew ‘a Lot of Rich People’

Picture: Jamie McCarthy (Getty Photographs for Invoice & Melinda Gates Basis)

On Monday, CNBC reported that Microsoft founder and philanthropist Invoice Gates met with late financier and convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein in 2013 after Epstein “unleashed an aggressive lobbying campaign” to safe that assembly. In an interview revealed on Tuesday, Gates provided his clarification of why to the Wall Road Journal: Epstein knew a number of wealthy folks!

By the point of the 2013 assembly, Gates was nonetheless on Microsoft’s board and Epstein’s controversial 2008 plea deal on Florida state costs of procuring an underage prostitute had been publicly recognized for years. Gates confirmed the 2013 encounter to the Journal, however mentioned he was “never at any parties or anything like that” (referring to quite a few accusations that Epstein ran a large little one intercourse trafficking ring) and all of his conferences had been “with men,” not the younger ladies Epstein was usually seen with. As an alternative, Gates mentioned he had obtained quite a few entreaties to faucet into Epstein’s community of moneyed buddies for philanthropic causes.

“I met him,” Gates informed the Journal. “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.”

(That Epstein’s cash allowed him to defend himself with a circle of wealthy associates is form of the purpose, however okay.)

“Every meeting where I was with him were meetings with men,” Gates continued. “I was never at any parties or anything like that. He never donated any money to anything that I know about.”

The Journal famous that the interview with Gates, though revealed on Tuesday, befell earlier than a Sept. 6 New Yorker article that detailed monetary ties between Epstein and MIT’s prestigious multidisciplinary Media Lab, in addition to advised Gates was concerned.

Data obtained by the New Yorker confirmed that the Media Lab tried to cover the supply of the $7.5 million in donations supposedly secured by Epstein for public relations causes. That included a $2 million donation in October 2014 that director Joichi Ito (who has since resigned) claimed was a “gift from Bill Gates directed by Jeffrey Epstein. For gift recording purposes, we will not be mentioning Jeffrey’s name as the impetus for this gift.” One other MIT doc obtained by the New Yorker acknowledged that “Gates is making this gift at the recommendation of a friend of his who wishes to remain anonymous.”

A spokesman for Gates informed the Journal, “Although Epstein pursued Bill Gates aggressively, any account of a business partnership or personal relationship between the two is simply not true. And any claim that Epstein directed any programmatic or personal grantmaking for Bill Gates is completely false.”

On Monday, the Related Press reported {that a} Gates spokesperson “said the money given directly to the university in 2014 wasn’t dedicated to the program that Epstein was fundraising for,” and that Gates’ workplace was unaware of any communications between the Media Lab and Epstein concerning this donation.


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