Melinda Gates has been Pushing For Divorce Over Bill Gates and Jeffrey Epstein Friendship, Since 2019

According to records and people familiar with the situation, the 56-year-old met with lawyers from various firms as early as October 2019, saying the marriage was "irretrievably broken."
Melinda and Bill Gates during a 2019 interview in Kirkland, Wash. Photo: Elaine Thompson/Associated Press

According to The Wall Street Journal, Bill Gates' relationship with infamous paedophile Jeffrey Epstein was a factor in his divorce from wife Melinda.

In a joint statement posted on Twitter last week, the multi-billionaire couple declared their divorce.

Gates' relationship with the disgraced financier and convicted sex abuser did not sit well with his 27-year-old wife, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Melinda Gates started meeting with divorce lawyers more than a year ago, according to The Wall Street Journal, with her dissatisfaction with her husband's relationship with Epstein dating back to 2013.

A former employee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation told the Wall Street Journal that Melinda Gates was uncomfortable with Epstein after meeting him in 2013.

Despite his wife's fears, her husband maintained a friendship with Epstein.

The New York Times announced in 2019 that Gates and Epstein had met on several social occasions, with Gates staying at Epstein's New York townhouse on one occasion.

In 2019, Gates told The Wall Street Journal that he had met Epstein but that they “didn’t didn’t have any business relationship or friendship with him”.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Melinda Gates was uneasy about Bill Gates’ relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Credit: AAP

According to Bridgitt Arnold, a Microsoft spokeswoman, their discussions were solely focused on philanthropy.

“Bill Gates regrets ever meeting with Epstein and recognises it was an error in judgment to do so,” Arnold said in 2019.

Boris Nikolic, a venture capitalist, was listed as a backup executor of Epstein's will just days before he died.

Bill Gates hired Nikolic as a science advisor.

Nikolic sent an email statement to Bloomberg after Epstein's death, claiming that Epstein had not informed him about the will and that he would not be acting as executor.

The Gates did not elaborate about why they decided to break in their Twitter post.

Bill and Melinda Gates face a press conference at the 40th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Friday Jan. 29, 2010. The couple announced that the The Bill and Meli

“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,” the statement reads.

“We continue to share a belief in that mission, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.”

Following a trade show in New York, Bill and Melinda met at Microsoft and started dating in 1987.

Bill Gates, according to Melinda, measured the pros and cons on a blackboard before they married in Hawaii in 1994.

Jennifer, Phoebe, and Rory Gates are their three children.