Microsoft founder Bill Gates recently broke his silence on meetings with Jeffrey Epstein, admitting that it was a ‘mistake’ to meet with the convicted pedophile five years after he was convicted of soliciting sex with a minor.
The billionaire philanthropist had met with Epstein several times, including in 2013 when Gates was the acting chairman of Microsoft and five years after Epstein had served a 13-month prison sentence for ‘procuring a prostitute under the age of 18’.
Thanks to the sweetheart deal prosecutors gave him, Epstein ‘served’ the vast majority of his sentence at his mansion in Palm Beach, Florida.
In the same year, Gates also flew on Epstein’s private plane – an aircraft that has been called the ‘Lolita Express’ because it was supposedly used to traffic young girls.
After their meetings in 2013, Epstein worked alongside Gates to funnel $2 million to MIT for various unspecified projects, donations that the research university later tried to hide.
Although Gates insists that he had neither a ‘business or personal relationship’ with Epstein, he acknowledged at the New York Times Dealbook Conference in New York that he had helped Epstein get ‘back in the mainstream’ by meeting with him.
Meeting with the disgraced financier who he thought could help him raise money with global health ‘was a mistake’, Gates said.
Gates then claimed that the investments Epstein promised ended up not materializing.
“None of that money ever appeared, and I gave him some benefit by the association, so I made a doubly wrong mistake there,” he said.
In July, Epstein was arrested by federal authorities and placed in a Manhattan jail. Weeks later, he was allegedly found hanged before he could be tried for operating a child sex ring.
Following Epstein’s death, which many people believe was a murder, the names of many high profile men who had relationships with him surfaced. Bill Gates was one of those men, among others like Bill Clinton, Prince Andrews, Kevin Spacey, and many more.