#AceNewsReport – May.11: That’s around the same time The New York Times revealed Bill had met with Epstein, who committed suicide in prison last year while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, a number of times:
NEW YORK: Melinda Gates first met with divorce lawyers after her husband Bill’s links to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein were publicly revealed, it has been claimed: The estranged wife of Microsoft co-founder Bill, 65, reportedly began legal consultation about breaking up with her husband of 27 years in October 2019, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Jack Longstaff: Published: 10 May 2021 10:23 am
Citing sources who are familiar with the couple as well as documents obtained, The Journal claimed that Melinda, 56, has been working with lawyers from ‘several firms’ for more than 18 months.
The revelation comes after Bill and Melinda announced on Twitter last Monday that they are getting divorced. The couple, who have three children together, said: ‘After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage.’
According to one source, who is a former employee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a key concern of Melinda’s when she began legal consultation was her husband’s association with Epstein, the Journal reported.
The outlet claims that Melinda and her advisers held several calls in October 2019, which is when Bill’s reported late-night meetings with Epstein were first revealed.
A spokesperson for Bill at the time said that the meetings were to discuss ‘philanthropy’ and that he regretted ever becoming associated with Epstein. According to The Times, Bill met Epstein at least three times at his Manhattan townhouse beginning in 2011.
A former employee of the Gates’ told The Journal that Melinda first expressed her discomfort with Epstein after she and her husband met the 66-year-old in 2013.
By March 2020, the couple were already discussing how they would go about dividing their incredible wealth, The Journal added. Melinda Gates’s legal team includes Robert Stephan Cohen, who also represented Michael Bloomberg and Ivana Trump in their respective divorces.
The May 3 divorce filings show how the couple have agreed to separate their assets according to a separation contract. Their joint assets include a $131million home compound in Washington state, a rare Leonardo da Vinci notebook, and investments in Microsoft and Four Seasons Hotels.
Bill is the fourth wealthiest individual in the globe, with an estimated net worth of $124billion, according to Forbes He and Melinda met at a trade show in New York and began dating in 1987. Their wedding was on New Year’s Day in 1994 in Hawaii: In announcing their divorce last week, Melinda said her marriage to Bill was ‘irretrievably broken’
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