Entertainment Melinda Gates Met With Divorce Lawyers Just After 2019 Revelations of Bill's Ties to Jeffrey Epstein (Report)
Prince Andrew Speaks Out for the First Time Since Epstein Scandal to Mourn Father Prince Philip
Prince Andrew said his father's death left a "huge void" in Queen Elizabeth's lifeSpeaking in public for the first time since he stepped away from public duties in the wake of his disastrous BBC interview in Nov. 2019 regarding his relationship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Andrew remembered his father as "the grandfather of the nation.
Melinda Gates began to consider divorcing from Bill Gates in 2019,to the Wall Street Journal. The paper says a New York Times story on the billionaire's ties to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was a catalyst.
The Journal cited "people familiar with the matter" and reviewed documents to report that Melinda Gates was consulting with divorce lawyers for roughly two years because the marriage was "irrevocably broken."
In 2019, the Timesthat Bill Gates and Jeffrey Epstein began their relationship after Epstein was convicted of sex crimes in 2008, while other high-profile power players affiliated with Epstein, like Bill Clinton, started their association with him before. The Times report said the Microsoft co-founder and convicted sex offender met "many times" and that one one occasion, Gates stayed at Epstein's Manhattan townhouse "late into the night," though it also pointed out that Gates previously told the Journal he "didn't have any business relationship or friendship with" Epstein.
Jennifer Gates Says Parents' Divorce Is 'a Challenging Stretch of Time for Our Whole Family'
On Monday, Bill and Melinda announced they were divorcing after 27 years of marriage "Thank you for understanding our desire for privacy while we navigate the next phases of our lives," she concluded. © Provided by People jennifer gates/instagram RELATED: Bill and Melinda Gates Announce Divorce: 'We No Longer Believe We Can Grow Together as a Couple' Gallery: Bill and Melinda Gates’ Love Story Revisited: A Timeline (US Weekly) On Monday, Bill and Melinda announced they were divorc .
Per the Journal, documents show that Melinda Gates had a number of calls with her advisers following that Times report in 2019.
The Journal also backed up previousfrom the Daily Beast that said Melinda Gates expressed concern over the Epstein meetings. According to the Journal, her husband continued the meetings despite her concerns.
A representative for the Gates Foundation did not immediately return a request for comment.
The couple announced last week that they will be divorcing after 27 years of marriage.
"After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage," Bill and Melinda Gates said in a joint statement. "Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives. We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives."
The Richissimes Philanthropos Bill and Melinda Gates Divorced
© Ludovic Marin, AFP Bill and Melinda Gates in 2018. Bill and Melinda Gates, one of the richest couples in the world, announced Monday their divorce. The two former spouses will continue to work together in the foundation that bears their name. The billionaire Bill Gates , co-founder of Microsoft, and his wife Melinda Gates announced Monday 3 May their divorce after 27 years of marriage and 20 years of joint work within their foundation, one of the most powerful in the world.
Since 2000, the couple has run the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a private charity group that has funded health care research and aimed to reduce global poverty., the foundation reported assets of $51 billion.
Bill Gates, who co-founded Microsoft in 1975 alongside Paul Allen, is the fourth richest person in the world, according to, with a net worth of $130.5 billion. He still owns roughly 1.3% of Microsoft shares, according to .
Epsteinin jail in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Epstein guards to skirt jail time in deal with prosecutors .
WASHINGTON (AP) — The two Bureau of Prisons workers tasked with guarding Jeffrey Epstein the night he killed himself in a New York jail have admitted they falsified records, but they will skirt any time behind bars under a deal with federal prosecutors, authorities said Friday. The prison workers, Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, were accused of sleeping and browsing the internet instead of monitoring Epstein the night he took his own life in August 2019. They were charged with lying on prison records to make it seem as though they had made required checks on the financier before he was found in his cell. New York City’s medical examiner ruled Epstein’s death a suicide.