Bill Gates broke his silence when he met Jeffrey Epstein and said he made a & # 39; error in judgment & # 39; when making friends with the pedophile.
The co-founder of Microsoft, 64, has put a lot of effort into distancing himself from Epstein since the revelations about the behavior of the financier with underage girls have come to light in recent months.
He told Axios last month that he & # 39; wish they had never met & # 39; and insisted that he have neither a & # 39; business or personal relationship & # 39; had with Epstein, who was hanged in his prison cell in August at the age of 66.
And on Wednesday, Gates told the New York Times Dealbook Conference that he was a & # 39; mistake & # 39; had made the shamed financier that he hoped would help raise money for his global health work.
He said: & # 39; That was a mirage. None of that money has ever appeared, and I gave him some benefit from the association, so I made a double mistake there. & # 39;
The billionaire, one of the richest men in the world, later cast a shadow on Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the richest, who said he did not want to participate in the race to space, and added: & He can do it to have. Malnutrition is more important. & # 39;
Bill Gates, left, broke his silence when he met Jeffrey Epstein and told the New York Times Dealbook Conference that he made & # 39; an error of assessment & # 39; when closing the pedophile. Microsoft's co-founder, 64, has put a lot of effort into distancing himself from Epstein since revelations about the behavior of the financier with minor girls surfaced in recent months
Speaking about Epstein Gates, The Wall Street Journal said: & # 39; There were people in the neighborhood [Epstein] who said, hey, if you want to raise money for global health and get more philanthropy, he knows a lot of rich people. & # 39;
He added on Wednesday: & # 39; There are countries where we did not recruit at all because we are unable to make those decisions.
& # 39; I feel bad. We will probably someday accept someone in the Giving Pledge and it will turn out that their fortune is an unquestionable one. If you deal with this, if you really want to go outside and involve more people in philanthropy, there is a risk that you will make a mistake. & # 39;
The New York Times reported in October that Gates became friends with Epstein after the pedophile was convicted of sexual crimes.
It was claimed that Gates and Epstein met several times from 2011. In fact, Gates visited Epstein at least three times in the Epstein mansion in New York City, according to The Times.
The shamed pedophile hung himself in a cell in Manhattan in August while waiting for a trial against young girl trafficking
In March 2013, Gates flew on the private aircraft of Epstein – the aircraft that operated the & # 39; Lolita Express & # 39; was mentioned because it was reportedly used to carry young girls.
Bridgitt Arnold, a Gates spokesperson, told the Times that Gates did not know that the aircraft was from Epstein.
In September of that year, Gates and Epstein met for dinner in New York to discuss philanthropy, according to Arnold.
By the end of 2014, Gates and Epstein were no longer in contact, which led Epstein to complain to an acquaintance that Gates shunned him, reports the Times.
The joint charity fund that was discussed never came into being.
Epstein was first accused by the federal government of taking care of underage girls to have sex with him in 2007.
But through a controversial plea, Epstein was able to serve 13 months in jail for 18 months – most of whom were allowed in his mansion in Palm Beach, Florida.
For the deal, Epstein had to register as a sex offender.
On Wednesday, Gates told the New York Times Dealbook Conference, pictured, that he had a & # 39; error & # 39; with the dishonored financier he hoped would help raise money for his work with global health.
In March 2013, Gates flew on the private aircraft of Epstein – the aircraft that operated the & # 39; Lolita Express & # 39; was mentioned because it was reportedly used to transport young girls, flight details above
Epstein was arrested by the federal authorities in July and detained in a lockup in Manhattan, where he was hanged before he could be tried for running a child prostitution.
After Epstein & # 39; s shock death on August 10, Gates' name appeared as one of the powerful men who may have had some sort of working relationship with the disgraced businessman.
In 2011, Gates wrote in an email to colleagues & # 39; s: & # 39; [Epstein & # 39; s] lifestyle is very different and a little intriguing, although it would not work for me. & # 39;
Arnold, a Gates spokesperson, told the Times that Gates & # 39; only referred to the unique setting of the Epstein residence – and Epstein's habit of spontaneously meeting acquaintances to meet Mr. Gates. & # 39;
& # 39; It was in no way intended to convey a sense of interest or approval, & # 39; she said.
Arnold told the Times that Gates was introduced to Epstein by & # 39; controversial people & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Bill Gates regrets having ever met Epstein and acknowledges that this was an assessment error, & # 39; said Arnold.
& # 39; Gates acknowledges that maintaining Epstein & # 39; s ideas regarding philanthropy gave Epstein an undeserved platform that contradicted Gates' personal values and the values of his foundation. & # 39;
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