Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates was nothing short of a media darling and hero to many for decades and with his endearingly nerdy, nice guy persona, most people generally assumed that he was a nice, decent person and faithful husband.
However, according to the New York Post, in the wake of the bombshell news that he and Melinda, his wife of 27 years, announced their divorce, reports have emerged that Gates “pursued” a number of women in his office throughout the course of their marriage.
Apparently, Gates was no stranger to chasing after women who worked in his office both at Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In a report from The New York Times, the outlet detailed instances where he “clumsily” asked out at least two women and perhaps more, which generated internal gossip among employees and reportedly created an uncomfortable workplace environment.
In one instance at Microsoft, Gates was apparently too shy to ask out one particular female employee face-to-face, instead opting to shoot her an email in which he asked her out to dinner. “If this makes you uncomfortable, pretend it never happened,” Gates reportedly wrote, according to two former employees familiar with the awkward ask.
Apparently, the female employee he propositioned was, in fact, uncomfortable and reportedly downplayed the inappropriate dinner invitation as if it never happened.
Several years later, when Gates was working at his foundation, he mustered the courage to ask out a female employee in person while on a work-related trip in New York, reportedly saying, “I want to see you. Will you have dinner with me?”
The woman, who also reportedly felt uncomfortable with Gates’ dinner invite, politely laughed in response in an attempt to change the subject. It was noted by The Times that Gates reportedly wasn’t seen as “predatory” in nature, as he never pressured the women in question after the initial rejection.
The latest reports on the Gates’ divorce news revealed that his estranged wife Melinda grew increasingly uncomfortable with her husband’s connections to the late, convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, as Gates spent a fair amount of time with him, even taking trips on the infamous “Lolita Express” private jet.
Given Gates’ alleged brush with adultery while married and his concerning history with Epstein, it’ll be interesting to see if more develops in the coming weeks and months, as it seems like his dirty laundry is now increasingly being aired in public.