In a shocking twist revealed over the weekend, we learned that Bill and Melinda Gates’ divorce has actually been in the works since 2019. The Tatum Report brought you the initial news last week when the Gates’ announced their split on Twitter.
According to sources and documents obtained by The Wall Street Journal, Melinda sought out her legal advisers shortly after her husband’s relationship with the accused sex trafficker, Jeffrey Epstein, was revealed to the public in October 2019.
The New York Times (NYT) reported then that Bill met with Epstein in 2011 on numerous occasions, even staying late into the night at Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse. Bill maintains that their relationship was purely to discuss philanthropy and that it wasn’t of a personal or business nature.
Melinda Gates 'cautioned Bill about Jeffrey Epstein after she met the pedophile at his Manhattan mansion in 2013' and told him she 'wanted nothing more to do with him' https://t.co/KKo32Cih7W
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) May 7, 2021
His spokesperson at the time, Bridgitt Arnold, said, “Bill Gates regrets ever meeting with Epstein and recognizes it was an error in judgment to do so.”
Melinda didn’t seem to publicly care much about his continuous lapse of judgment until the world was informed. However, it is reported that she had taken issue with the relationship since the couple met Epstein in 2013. According to a former Gates Foundation employee, despite her discomfort and concerns, Bill continued to meet and have some sort of relationship with Epstein.
While the Gates’ attorneys were busy beginning the separation, there were a few public signs that the divorce was coming. When we look back in time, we can see the Gates have been preparing us for their divorce since The New York Times dropped the Epstein bomb.
In early 2020, the Gates canceled their annual trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, a gathering of business and world leaders, though they had attended for years.
On March 13, 2020, Bill resigned from Berkshire Hathaway and Microsoft boards, stating that he wants to focus on philanthropic efforts instead. He’s been a mouthpiece for vaccination during the coronavirus pandemic, turning up the volume on how he believes the entire world should accept the new and still experimental vaccinations.
Forbes estimates the Gates’ fortune to be around $130 billion, including a rare Leonardo DaVinci notebook, investments in Microsoft and Four Seasons Hotels, and their $131 million property in Washington state, called Xanadu 2.0. Bill has already transferred public shares worth almost $2.4 billion to Melinda since the divorce was announced.
A spokeswoman for Bill stated Friday that he stands behind his 2019 statement regarding Epstein but declined to comment further.