Billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates had a a lot nearer relationship with late financier and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein than Gates has beforehand acknowledged, the New York Times reported on Saturday, together with a number of visits to Epstein’s now-infamous New York townhouse.
Gates had beforehand admitted to a Wall Street Journal reporter that he had met with Epstein to achieve entry to the latter’s circle of rich pals for philanthopic causes. However, he denied any “business relationship or friendship” with Epstein, who died by suicide whereas in jail awaiting trial on federal prices of intercourse trafficking minors. Gates additionally denied he was ever “at any parties or anything like that” with Epstein, with a spokesperson additionally saying that Epstein by no means “directed any programmatic or personal grantmaking for Bill Gates.”
Now, per the Times, sources and paperwork say that Gates met with Epstein on “numerous occasions—including at least three times at Mr. Epstein’s palatial Manhattan townhouse, and at least once staying late into the night.” The Times additionally reported that Gates’ staff went on “multiple visits” to Epstein’s property and that Epstein pitched Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and JPMorgan Chase on a “multibillion-dollar charitable fund,” which may have resulted in Epstein choosing up “enormous fees” within the tens of thousands and thousands.
The first assembly was on Jan. 31, 2011, when Gates met with Epstein, former Miss Sweden Dr. Eva Andersson-Dubin (partner of billionaire hedge funder Glenn Dubin), and the Dubins’ 15-year-old daughter. At the time, Epstein’s popularity was a convicted intercourse offender was well-known. That gathering began at 8:00 p.m. and lasted hours, with the Times reporting that Gates wrote to colleagues the subsequent day, “A very attractive Swedish woman and her daughter dropped by and I ended up staying there quite late.” That yr, Gates was additionally seen speaking privately with Epstein at a TED convention in California and visited Epstein once more at his New York mansion with others, together with then-senior JPMorgan exec James E. Stanley and former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers.
Around that point, sources advised the paper, Epstein was pitching each the Gates Foundation and JPMorgan on starting a charitable fund to function in tandem with the 2 establishments’ Global Health Investment Fund. In late 2011, Gates’ staff met with Epstein at Gates’ instruction, with sources telling the paper he mentioned his shady 2007 plea deal and conviction was no worse than “stealing a bagel.”
At one level in 2011, Gates wrote in an e-mail that Epstein’s “lifestyle is very different and kind of intriguing although it would not work for me,” the Times wrote.
In March 2013, Gates flew on Epstein’s jet from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey to Palm Beach, Florida, and 6 months later met Epstein in New York for dinner and a dialogue on philanthropy. Finally, in October 2014, Gates donated $2 million to the MIT Media Lab, whose director Joichi Ito resigned this yr after his in depth monetary ties to Epstein turned public information. The New Yorker reported that Media Lab employees recorded the donation as directed by Epstein, however saved Epstein’s identify nameless, writing in information that “Gates is making this gift at the recommendation of a friend of his who wishes to remain anonymous.”
Epstein’s proposed charitable fund by no means turned actuality, and Gates appeared to have stopped participating with him after 2014, although former basis staff advised the Times that “at least two senior Gates Foundation officials” remained involved with the financier till 2017.
Note that one of many Gates Foundation’s greatest missions is gender equality and empowering girls and women. Earlier this month, Melinda Gates introduced that she was committing $1 billion over the subsequent 10 years in the direction of “expanding women’s power and influence in the United States.” Meanwhile, quite a few reviews on Epstein have emphasised that his jet set social circle (starting from fellow wealthy of us to high-profile scientists) helped present cowl for his serial sexual abuses.
According to the Times, a spokesperson for Gates mentioned “Bill Gates regrets ever meeting with Epstein and recognizes it was an error in judgment to do so. Gates recognizes that entertaining Epstein’s ideas related to philanthropy gave Epstein an undeserved platform that was at odds with Gates’s personal values and the values of his foundation… Over time, Gates and his team realized Epstein’s capabilities and ideas were not legitimate and all contact with Epstein was discontinued.”
The spokesperson additionally mentioned the e-mail Gates wrote was, in fact, solely “referring only to the unique décor of the Epstein residence.”