Bill Gates, who said he had no relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, reportedly met with the disgraced financier multiple times, including a 2011 meeting with billionaire Eva Dubin and her teenage daughter

Bill Gates

  • Since Jeffrey Epstein was arrested on charges of sex
    trafficking of minors and conspiracy in July, billionaire Bill
    Gates has downplayed his relationship with the late
    financier. 
  • Now, contrary to
    Gates’ assertion
    last month that he and Epstein “didn’t have
    any business relationship or friendship,”
    The New York Times reports
    that the two met multiple times
    beginning in 2011, and at least three times at Epstein’s Manhattan
    residence.
  • One meeting included billionaire Eva Andersson-Dubin and her
    then-teenage daughter. The family has been closely linked to
    Epstein since Dubin dated Epstein in the 1980s, though they’ve
    attempted to distance themselves in recent months.
  • In an email obtained
    by The Times
    that Gates sent to colleagues after he met Epstein
    face-to-face for the first time, he noted that “a very attractive
    Swedish woman and her daughter dropped by and I ended up staying
    there quite late.” 
  • Epstein also reportedly met with teams from Gates’ charity,
    pitching an idea that would involve seed money from the Bill and
    Melinda Gates Foundation and the bank JPMorgan Chase.

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New details and documents obtained
by The New York Times
reveal a much closer connection between
Bill Gates and the late Jeffrey Epstein than what the Microsoft
founder had previously admitted. 

The Times reported that the billionaire met with the disgraced
financier at least three times. Epstein also hatched a plan with
JPMorgan, which never came to fruition, to use Gates’ foundation
money for a charitable fund. 

Gates spokeswoman Bridgitt Arnold told Business Insider in a
statement that the men met “multiple times” to discuss
philanthropy, but they did not socialize or attend parties
together. She also said it appears that “Epstein misrepresented the
nature of his meetings with Gates while also working to insert
himself behind-the-scenes without Gates’s knowledge.”

She did not say say how many times Gates and Epstein met. 

“Bill Gates regrets ever meeting with Epstein and recognizes it
was an error in judgment to do so,” Arnold said. “Gates recognizes
that entertaining Epstein’s ideas related to philanthropy gave
Epstein an undeserved platform that was at odds with Gates’
personal values and the values of his foundation.”

She
told Business Insider in August
that, while Epstein
aggressively pursued a relationship with Gates, “any account of a
business partnership or personal relationship between the two is
categorically false.”

The disgraced financier went to jail for 13 months starting in
2008 after he pled guilty to two counts of soliciting prostitution
from underage girls in Palm Beach, Florida.
The Times reports
that the two first met face-to-face in
January 2011 at Epstein’s Manhattan residence, and that Gates
visited the townhouse at least two more times, meeting him as late
as 2013.

FILE- In this July 30, 2008 file photo, Jeffrey Epstein appears in court in West Palm Beach, Fla. Epstein has died by suicide while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges, says person briefed on the matter, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Palm Beach Post, Uma Sanghvi, File)

During that first meeting on the Upper East Side in 2011, the
two wealthy men were joined by Dr. Eva Andersson-Dubin and her
15-year-old daughter. Dubin, who once dated Epstein, and her
billionaire hedge fund manager husband Glenn Dubin
maintained close social, financial and philanthropic ties
with
Epstein, including after he went to jail. Six sources told Business
Insider that Epstein was a godfather to their oldest daughter,
which the family denies.

Spokespeople for the Dubins have previously said the family
spent less time with Epstein after he left jail in 2009, and if
they had known about this year’s allegations, they would have cut
ties with him. Representatives for the Dubins declined to comment
on Saturday about The Times’ story.

After the meeting, Epstein emailed friends and associates to
boast, writing “Bill’s great” in one email reviewed by The Times.
In an email Gates sent to his own colleagues the next day, he
wrote, “A very attractive Swedish woman and her daughter dropped by
and I ended up staying there quite late.” 

Epstein hatched a plan to work with the Gates Foundation and
JPMorgan, but it fizzled out years before his 2019 arrest

A source close to Epstein told Business Insider that Epstein and
Gates liked to talk about science and philanthropy together, and
said their relationship preceded 2013. The source said Epstein
liked to work with senior businessmen at the end of their careers,
and that Epstein’s dynamic personality often reminded those men of
the son they wished they had, or even of themselves at a younger
age. 

Gates flew on Epstein’s private plane in 2013 from New Jersey to
Palm Beach, according to flight logs released in connection with an
Epstein-related case. Epstein has a large home in Palm Beach, and
often flew friends, including the Dubins, on his plane. A
spokeswoman for Gates told The Times that Gates was not aware it
was Epstein’s plane.  

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Epstein also sought to work with the Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation, according to The Times. He wanted to join the
foundation’s efforts with JPMorgan as the groups created the Global
Health Investment Fund.

He also wanted to start a separate charitable fund, seeded with
Gates Foundation money, to focus on global health projects. Epstein
would bring in more donations, which would earn him fees
potentially in the tens of millions. 

Gates’ spokeswoman told The Times that the foundation was not
aware of the fee, but that he “did propose to Bill Gates and then
foundation officials ideas that he promised would unleash hundreds
of billions for global health-related work.”

Foundation employees visited his New York mansion multiple
times, per The Times. Some, after learning that he was a sex
offender, were wary of damaging the foundation’s reputation. One
team was incredulous of Epstein’s claims of having access to
trillions of dollars that could go in the charitable fund. 

The JPMorgan fund work never came to fruition. At least two
senior Gates Foundation employees stayed in contact with Epstein
until late 2017, The Times reported. 

“Over time, Gates and his team realized Epstein’s capabilities
and ideas were not legitimate and all contact with Epstein was
discontinued,” Arnold told Business Insider.


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Bill Gates, who said he had no relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, reportedly met with the disgraced financier multiple times, including a 2011 meeting with billionaire Eva Dubin and her teenage daughter