Microsoft mogul Bill Gates has admitted to having multiple meetings with the late Jeffery Epstein according to a recent report in The Washington Examiner.
Gates admitted to meeting the convicted sex offender who died in prison, but says that he now regrets having done so.
The software billionaire was asked about his relationship to Epstein, who was himself a wealthy “elite” financier, during an interview with CNN on Wednesday.
“I had several dinners with him, you know, hoping that what he said about getting billions of philanthropy for global health through contacts that he had might emerge,” Gates told anchor Anderson Cooper.
“When it looked like that wasn’t a real thing, that relationship ended, but it was a huge mistake to spend time with him, to give him the credibility of, you know, being there. There were lots of others in that same situation, but I made a mistake,” he added.
This news comes just days after the divorce of Bill and Melinda Gates was finalized on Monday.
The New York Times reported about the couple’s separation in May of this year, saying that the pair’s decision to part ways was partially motivated by Gates’s interactions with Epstein, which dated back to 2011.
Epstein, who was believed to have held the secrets of hundreds of rich and powerful politicians and businessmen from around the world, was determined to have died of suicide while being held in federal custody in 2019.
The financier had pleaded guilty to sex trafficking charges, which could have put him in the unique position of trading information about his trafficking for a more lenient sentence.
A New York City medical examiner determined that the late trafficker died from suicide, but questions about the details of his death persisted.