Bill and Melinda Gates’s divorce, which included elaborate headlines, paparazzi photos, and rumors, became the stuff of tabloid legend with the world soaking it up around every corner of this twisted storyline.
Microsoft employees and Gates’ circle of friends and colleagues have whispered about inappropriate extramarital relationship for years. Even though it seemed in contrast to his public persona, none of it came as a surprise. According to The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft’s board investigated Bill Gates’ behavior in 2019 after it received information about his sexual advances against an employee in 2000. Following an investigation by a law firm, Bill stepped down from the board the following year.
Bill’s infidelities were no secret to many of those around him. We do not know how much Melinda knew about her husband’s behavior or these rumors or how much they influenced her decision to file for divorce. Those close to the couple say they had been going through tension for a while. Reports say the decision to separate was made after their youngest daughter had graduated from high school.
Bill’s longtime money manager came forward with a sexual harassment claim against him in 2018, and Melinda was unhappy with his response thus insisting on having outside investigators get involved.
The Final Straw
The last climatic public event was the unveiling of the revelation about Melinda Gate’s husband, Bill’s, relationship with Jeffrey Epstein in 2019. Shortly after she hired divorce attorneys.
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