Bill Gates would drive to work at Microsoft in his Mercedes before driving off in a golden-brown Porsche that an assistant had brought for him, in what the staff said was his system for meeting women, it is alleged.
The 65-year-old announced his divorce from Melinda French Gates, his wife of 27, on May 4.
Monday report in Vanity Fair detailed long-held rumors of his serial infidelity, including how he would switch cars to try to cover his tracks.
“We all assumed he was with women,” a Microsoft employee told the magazine.
“I knew there were a lot of outside meetings that weren’t on his agenda.”
Bill Gates can be seen at the Nobu restaurant in Manhattan on May 22 with one of his two daughters, Phoebe, and her boyfriend. The billionaire has kept a low profile since announcing his divorce on May 4. New details are now emerging about the 65-year-old’s behaviour, including reports of infidelity
Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates, pictured in May 2018, shocked many with the announcement last month that they were ending their 27-year marriage. On Monday, it was reported that she had hired a private investigator – something she denied
Vanity Fair reported that an assistant to Bill Gates would drive to the Microsoft office in a golden brown Porsche, similar to the one in the photo above, and Gates would then drive off in it. “We all assumed it was when he was with women,” a Microsoft employee told the magazine
Gates is known as an avid car collector, with a penchant for Porsches. He recently purchased a Porsche Taycan, an electric car. Gates previously owned a 1979 Porsche 911 and a Porsche 959 Sports – only 337 of which were ever made.
However, another employee denied the account, pointing out that Gates was meticulous in planning his day, famously dividing his time into five-minute blocks.
They said he was “one of the most heavily planned people on the planet.”
Two sources told the magazine that someone in Melinda’s circle was working with a private investigator in the run-up to the divorce filing, and the PI’s findings will be part of the case.
A spokesperson for the 56-year-old Texan called the claim “completely false. Neither Melinda nor anyone under her direction has ever hired a private investigator.’
Vanity Fair reported that Melinda French Gates hired a private investigator to investigate her former husband’s behavior, and that the PI’s findings would be part of the divorce. She has denied the report
Last month, The New York Times reported that Gates, a father of three, was chasing women who worked for him several times when he was the chairman of Microsoft.
Once, he emailed an employee to ask her out for dinner, and another time he told a woman who worked for the Gates Foundation that he wanted to take her out to dinner while they were on a business trip to New York.
In 2019, Microsoft’s board of directors opened an investigation into its conduct after being informed of its advances with an employee in 2000, and Gates stepped down from the board the following year, after the company hired a law firm. to investigate the allegation.
A spokeswoman has said his “decision to step down from the board” had nothing to do with the affair, and Gates herself has described it as ill-advised and in the past.
The Gateses are worth $130 billion, according to Forbes. Melinda French Gates becomes one of the richest women in the world after divorce
The magazine also reported that many of Microsoft employees had to sign nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) to prevent them from discussing his management style.
“You were told for so long, ‘You have an NDA. You are not allowed to talk,” said a former employee who signed such an agreement.
They said they had been encouraged to talk about working for Gates because of the current coverage, but knew there were risks.
They said lawyers stood by and kept watch.
“And these are not nice lawyers,” they added.
The employee said Gates, like many tech leaders, was often impatient and demanding.
A former partner who worked directly with Gates at Microsoft said that if a deadline was missed, the responsible party would reply directly to Gates.
The Gateses are pictured in February 2019. Bill Gates was described as an intense and demanding boss
The former employee called him “relentless” and “condescending,” adding, “He would ask you a question, and if you answered, he would look at you and say, ‘That’s NOT the right answer.’
It has now been revealed that French Gates hired divorce attorneys in 2019 after meetings Gates had with Jeffrey Epstein became public.
Epstein, who had been accused of sexually abusing dozens of young girls in the early 2000s, died by suicide while in custody in 2019.
French Gates is said to have felt very uncomfortable with Epstein after their first meeting and urged her husband to stay away from the pedophile financier.
Still, Gates held several meetings with Epstein — much to his wife’s chagrin.
A spokesperson for the foundation told The Guardian that “the foundation has never had any financial dealings with Jeffrey Epstein.”
French Gates would also be unhappy with an investigation into Bill Gates’ money manager Michael Larson, in 2018, that ended with receiving a payout from the woman involved.
Bill Gates’ longtime money manager ‘assessed the appearance of female co-workers, showed nude photos of women in the office, bullied staff and made a racist comment to an employee’
Michael Larson, 61, has managed Bill Gates’ money for the past 27 years
Bill Gates’ money manager shared nude photos of women in the office, judged female colleagues by their appearance and made racist and sexually abusive comments, former employees claim.
They described Michael Larson, 61, as a notorious bully who belittled his female staff and humiliated those around him.
At a work Christmas party in the mid-2000s, sources told The New York Times that Larson sat outside after dinner with a small group of male employees, with three female co-workers about 20 feet away.
“Which one of them do you want to fuck?” Larson asked.
When a female staff member attended Weight Watchers, Larson allegedly asked if it was for him to lose weight.
Another woman at his company is said to have been asked by Larson if she would strip for a certain amount of money.
A woman who ran a local bike shop complained that Larson had repeatedly made her an offer, according to The New York Times.
Ybarra was hired in 2001 as an investor relations analyst. In 2004 Larson made racist remarks
She repeatedly turned him down, but she claimed – in a letter from a lawyer sent to the Gateses, threatening to sue – that he exposed himself to her and said he wanted to have sex with her and another woman. .
Bill Gates agreed to settle the matter by making a payment to the bike shop manager, the newspaper reported.
Melinda Gates insisted that a third-party investigator assess Cascade’s incident and culture — an investigation that took place in 2018, when Larson went on leave.
He returned in 2019; Melinda would be dissatisfied with the result.
In November of an election year, Larson asked his staff about the best time to vote in the presidential election.
Stacy Ybarra, who joined the company in 2001 as an investor relations analyst, replied that she voted that morning without having to queue.
“But you live in the ghetto and everyone knows black people don’t vote,” Larson replied, according to New York Times sources.