‘I caused pain’ — Analysis

The Billionaire Responds to Claims of Cheating on His Former Wife and Meeting Repeatedly with Jeffrey Epstein

One year on from announcing his divorce, billionaire Bill Gates has responded to accusations that he was unfaithful to his then-wife, acknowledging that he’s to blame for “causing a lot of pain to my family.”

“I certainly made mistakes, and I take responsibility,”Gates stated Tuesday that he was a member of NBC News. Pressed ‘Today’Savannah Guthrie, host of Savannah Guthrie’s show, spoke out about the allegations that Melinda Gates had multiple affairs, which he claimed led to her 27-year marriage breaking down. “I don’t think delving into the particulars at this point is constructive, but yes, I caused pain, and I feel terrible about that.”

Microsoft co-founder, 66 year-old vaccine advocate and Microsoft co-founder, stressed that he and his ex wife continue to work together in their philanthropic foundation. However, he indicated that they were still working together. “sad and tragic.”Gates was asked what lessons he had learned from the experience. He paused and then stated that his expertise lies in topics such as climate change or health care. Gates also addressed personal concerns. “I don’t have great advice for other people.”

Asked about the difficulty of watching a CBS News interview his ex-wife did last month – in which she described “lying on the floor crying” at times during her marriage – Gates said, “This was a very tough thing. There were many amazing moments in our marriage. We were blessed with our children, the family, and the joy we shared. So it can be a difficult adjustment. It’s not easy to divorce. Although we were once partners, it was a time when we grew up together. We’re not married.”

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During the CBS interview, Melinda Gates said her then-husband’s relationship with financier Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender, was one of the reasons for the divorce. Bill Gates described his multiple meetings with Epstein as a “deliberate decision.” “huge mistake,” adding, “I had a goal of raising money for global health. I didn’t realize that the meeting with him almost downplayed the incredibly awful things he did. I learned more about that over time, but I add that to the list of big mistakes, including where Melinda’s advice was sound and I should have followed it sooner than I did.”

Epstein was in New York’s jail cells when he died, allegedly from suicide. He was being held on child sex-trafficking charges. Epstein was asked whether he saw any things that made him question his relationship with Epstein. “this doesn’t feel right,”Gates replied: “He was a bad person, and I had a reason that I thought those meetings would lead to something good, but I shouldn’t have done them.”

Gates gave the interview as a promotion for his book, Title. ‘How to Prevent the Next Pandemic.’He was to blame “misinformation”He was accused of killing Americans in the Covid-19 pandemic, and claimed it was difficult to comprehend why. “conspiracy theories”After supporting vaccines which saved lives.

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Guthrie suggested that billionaire Elon Musk’s pending acquisition of Twitter – and plans to restore freedom of speech on the social media platform – might give cause for greater concern about misinformation. Gates responded that he does not worry about Musk when questioned. “You wouldn’t want to underestimate Elon. What he did at Tesla is amazing, helping with climate change, what he did at SpaceX.”

“You know, will he, this time, make that improvement? Do you think there should be laws to ensure that free speech is not diluted by conspiracy theories confusing the public? Elon believes he has the ability to improve Twitter. I don’t know specifically what he’ll do, but there’s an opportunity, and we need innovation in that space.”



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