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Bill and Melinda Gates Announce Divorce

Bill and Melinda Gates have announced their intention to divorce after 27 years of marriage.

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by Anonymousreply 60005/16/2021

Ka-ching! $$$$$

by Anonymousreply 105/03/2021

Damn, who is he fucking?

Meghan the whore will be ditching Harry in 3, 2, 1....

by Anonymousreply 205/03/2021

I just had a maladaptive daydreaming session where I somehow had $15B. I appreciate Melinda stepping aside for me to take my rightful place atop Bill.

by Anonymousreply 305/03/2021

Does it mean that Bill Gates no longer one of the top 10 wealthiest men in the world since like forever?

by Anonymousreply 405/03/2021

¡Yo soy Second Wife!

by Anonymousreply 505/03/2021

Maybe Melinda found a new love, some young stud.

by Anonymousreply 605/03/2021

Next up, Mark Zuckerberg.

by Anonymousreply 705/03/2021

She got tired of having to show Bill over and over how to keep a text box from moving around in Word.

by Anonymousreply 805/03/2021

can he throw a few bucks my way! please! i just need a cool 1 million that's it!.. nothing more....

she probably found out how he was going to take over the world, let millions die and control them with a microchip in every one on the planet and wanted to make her a test subject and that is why she is divorcing him! (trumpster's quanon, newsmax, faux news, etc mindset!)..

by Anonymousreply 905/03/2021

It's becoming pretty rare that rich and famous people never divorce, isn't it?

by Anonymousreply 1005/03/2021

Even if the marriage was rather dead you think they would rather just avoid the financial and legal toil of a divorce.

by Anonymousreply 1105/03/2021

I knew they would divorce when they first got married.

by Anonymousreply 1205/03/2021

This was a surprise, at least to me.

by Anonymousreply 1305/03/2021

He's supposed to be gifting his fortune away to charities. Melinda probably want a slice of that before that happens

by Anonymousreply 1405/03/2021

R6, I'd say it's more likely that Bill found some ho like Jeff Bezos did

by Anonymousreply 1505/03/2021

I'd been idly wondering why all these stories about Bill Gates not wanting to allow free distribution of the COVID vaccine or giving the tech to India only mentioned him, not the foundation or Melinda, and maybe this is the explanation.

Back in January, Melinda said that there was no excuse for vaccine delays, and I thought... you know your idiot husband is causing some of those delays, right?

Anyway, I'd assume these two have been hashing out the agreement for months and months already.

by Anonymousreply 1605/03/2021

Maybe he has finally decided to transition.

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by Anonymousreply 1705/03/2021

New money is so tacky.

by Anonymousreply 1805/03/2021

My heart is with my orange sweetie. But if something happens to him, lawd forbid, Bill may call upon me in a gentlemanly way.

by Anonymousreply 1905/03/2021

I'm a little surprised, too. I guess I'm naive..lol. They seem like the type that would stay together. Of course, when billions are involved...dunno.

by Anonymousreply 2005/03/2021

Bill Gates was actually born into wealth, his father was a successful, prominent attorney in Washington state. Of course he multiplied whatever inherited wealth headed his way by many times over.

by Anonymousreply 2105/03/2021

Bill's dick was just too micro and too soft.

by Anonymousreply 2205/03/2021

HA!^^

by Anonymousreply 2305/03/2021

I could have told you this months ago.

I had my second dose in early January and my chip has picked up every phone call he's made to his lawyer since then.

Jealous, bitches?

by Anonymousreply 2405/03/2021

This reminds me of Al and Tipper Gore's divorce, some years back. It was weird that, with grown kids and all, they didn't just do a down-low separation. Especially since they are still reported to go on summer vacation together.

I can actually see Bill Gates ending up with a non-Western global activist type, like Ayaan Hirsi Ali (who is married to "Ascent of Money" author Niall Ferguson) .

by Anonymousreply 2505/03/2021

[quote] They seem like the type that would stay together.

Honestly, who else would want to be with those two fuggos.

At least Bezos and Mackenzie were both hot, so they would find partners right away.

The Gates' are probably going to be single forever.

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by Anonymousreply 2605/03/2021

[quote] This reminds me of Al and Tipper Gore's divorce, some years back. It was weird that, with grown kids and all, they didn't just do a down-low separation.

WHATTTTTTT????

Where in the hell have I been?

I had no idea that Al and Tipper Gore got divorced.

by Anonymousreply 2705/03/2021

Well, this is a surprise. I thought they had a very solid marriage. She'll get a nice settlement. But oh my God, can you imagine all the gold digging whores who are going to go after him? They'll be beating down his door.

by Anonymousreply 2805/03/2021

Any one of you bitches would marry Bill Gates faster than you can say "bridal registry".

by Anonymousreply 2905/03/2021

"Even if the marriage was rather dead you think they would rather just avoid the financial and legal toil of a divorce."

"It's becoming pretty rare that rich and famous people never divorce, isn't it?"

Actually I think having serious money probably just frees you to do whatever you feel like doing. Why stay in a marriage simply for appearance sake? Even if his fortune is cut in half, he'll still be mega wealthy. I suspect that some lower-middle-class or poor people stay in unhappy marriages simply because it's expensive to get a divorce.

by Anonymousreply 3005/03/2021

[quote] Even if his fortune is cut in half, he'll still be mega wealthy

HA!

He might even start to re-think giving all his money away, once he sees the divorce settlement!

Fool.

by Anonymousreply 3105/03/2021

She probably wants to give the children a few billions instead of a couple million. The life of a billionaire means you never have to worry.

by Anonymousreply 3205/03/2021

R29 I don't think Bill swing the DL'ers' way. Unless there are hot hetero women visiting DL now.

by Anonymousreply 3305/03/2021

The time it took to read these two threads is more than I have spent thinking about these two in the past 27 years.

by Anonymousreply 3405/03/2021

He wants to bang young Asian chicks with his HUGE COCK with FULL BUSH!

by Anonymousreply 3505/03/2021

Interesting....

by Anonymousreply 3605/03/2021

She hates Bing, and he walked in on her doing the Google.

by Anonymousreply 3705/03/2021

This is a hint that perhaps Ghislaine is offering up big names in advance of the start of her trial next month.

Bills name has been rumored in connection with Epstein's plane & perverted island.

That's the only thing I can think of to explain such a drastic decision when you are that ultra fabulously wealthy and could easily just live two separate lives and not go thru a messy public divorce.

by Anonymousreply 3805/03/2021

This is a really cute photo of their wedding...

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by Anonymousreply 3905/03/2021

Bill doesn't give away anything. He perpetrates schemes to get schools and other institutions to invest in his products.

by Anonymousreply 4005/03/2021

R25, the Gores are still married though both have had long-term relationships with others. No idea what's going on there.

by Anonymousreply 4105/03/2021

R39 it’s cute although I personally have never liked photos of people with their mouths open, pretending to laugh their asses off.

by Anonymousreply 4205/03/2021

I'm surprised. He must have met a golddigger.

by Anonymousreply 4305/03/2021

[quote]He wants to bang young Asian chicks

Bill? Don't do it. I'm serious.

by Anonymousreply 4405/03/2021

Bill caught Melinda in bed with a Mac.

by Anonymousreply 4505/03/2021

Funded by The Bill Without Melinda Gates Foundation.

by Anonymousreply 4605/03/2021

[quote]The Gates' are probably going to be single forever.

Not with these billions in their bank accounts.

by Anonymousreply 4705/03/2021

There was gossip on DL that Bill's mother picked his wife for him, to ensure his wife wouldn't take advantage of him.

by Anonymousreply 4805/03/2021

They could easily live separate lives with their fortune. Something ugly must have happened.

by Anonymousreply 4905/03/2021

She was actually the one who got him involved in philanthropy and out of just running Microsoft.

by Anonymousreply 5005/03/2021

Come on DL! Someone must have some dirt.

by Anonymousreply 5105/03/2021

The secret to staying together is to never get married.

Look at Oprah and Stedman, and Goldie and Kurt etc.

Oprah is a happy billionaire and Stedman is well taken care of, Eventhough he has his own money and career.

I'm kinda surprised by thus news if the gates getting divorced. It's almost like a former president and first lady divorcing. It's something that just doesn't happen.

by Anonymousreply 5205/03/2021

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!😳

by Anonymousreply 5305/03/2021

I was surprised at this. But if they're UN-happy with each other, why stick together? Now Melinda and MacKinzie Scott can pool their handed down Billions and continue doing some great work.

by Anonymousreply 5405/03/2021

[quote]Bills name has been rumored in connection with Epstein's plane & perverted island.

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by Anonymousreply 5505/03/2021

Markle is starting to plan her next move in Montecito.

by Anonymousreply 5605/03/2021

[quote] Does it mean that Bill Gates no longer one of the top 10 wealthiest men in the world since like forever?

Yes it does. He not Jeff Bezos

by Anonymousreply 5705/03/2021

Bill and Melinda Gates marriage is dead to me. Who gets the house?

by Anonymousreply 5805/03/2021

If those two crazy kids can’t make it, where’s the hope for the rest of us?

by Anonymousreply 5905/03/2021

Was Bill a virgin when they got married?

by Anonymousreply 6005/03/2021

He’s probably into some sick shit and she wants out.

by Anonymousreply 6105/03/2021

I can work computer.

by Anonymousreply 6205/03/2021

[quote]WHATTTTTTT????

[quote]Where in the hell have I been?

[quote]I had no idea that Al and Tipper Gore got divorced.

That makes two of us. I had to Google this, they separated in 2010 and are both in relationships with other people.

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by Anonymousreply 6305/03/2021

The Gores are NOT divorced! Separated maybe, but at this late date probably more like an open marriage.

by Anonymousreply 6405/03/2021

[quote] We ask for space and privacy......

and they will get neither, why do so many people make these pointless statements.

by Anonymousreply 6505/03/2021

They’re going to have to change so many signs around Washington State — “Bill [bold]NOT[bold]Melinda Gates Foundation”

by Anonymousreply 6605/03/2021

He’ll probably have a girlfriend in her early 20’s within a week.

by Anonymousreply 6705/03/2021

R65 as one of the wealthiest people on the planet in a time when wealth inequality is on par with pre-revolutionary France, they are fucking CLUELESS!

by Anonymousreply 6805/03/2021

Wife/husband swap with Kim and Kanye. Everyone's happy

by Anonymousreply 6905/03/2021

I am so sad with this announcement. They are the Liz and Dick (or may be bigger) of the tech world. SAD

by Anonymousreply 7005/03/2021

Melinda isn't going to get the same kind of divorce settlement as Mackenzie Bezos.

The Gates got married long after he was an established billionaire while the Bezos were married BEFORE Amazon and she actually helped in starting it.

Rumor has it, Bill was such an Aspie nerd that his mom got him together with Melinda....it was an "arranged" marriage.

Weirdly, there was some kind of protest at the Gates Foundation today (I live 3 blocks away) but I don't think it had anything to do with the divorce....they have a ton of protests over there.

by Anonymousreply 7105/03/2021

This is so funny because there was a clip of them on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver last night.

Melinda Gates made this really shady comment about Bill and laughed.

He did not look pleased.

by Anonymousreply 7205/03/2021

R52 Oprah never wanted to marry until she had lost all the excess weight, she didn't want to be a fat bride.

by Anonymousreply 7305/03/2021

The Gores are a perfect example. They each live their own life but never bothered going through a divorce which can be a legal quagmire.

Unless you plan on remarrying you don't have to bother getting divorced.

by Anonymousreply 7405/03/2021

R26..It's amazing how attractive fugs can be, when they have billions of dollars...usually the richest, or second richest person in the world. The gold diggers will be lining up.

by Anonymousreply 7505/03/2021

Bill. I am virgin whore. You make me wife. I please you all time. You give love money to me. I response many horny to you. Now we agree, yes? I have cam.

by Anonymousreply 7605/03/2021

R26 lives in a parallel universe. People will line up to marry the fug billionaire over the broke hottie everytime.

Nothing makes you better marriage material than being rich

by Anonymousreply 7705/03/2021

"I love dicks"

Cut to the 6:11 mark, in Bills' own words.

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by Anonymousreply 7805/03/2021

Is it too much of a conspiracy theory to think that the divorce is a way out for Bill to leave serious $$$ for his children? He couldn’t go back of his world of not leaving his kids money without looking like a typical rich bastard. So in comes the divorce which allow him to give his wife half of his fortune. Melinda then divvies up the loot to their kids because SHE didn’t make such altruistic pledges.

by Anonymousreply 7905/03/2021

MacKenzie Scott is one of the greatest philanthropic forces out there. Her divorce from Jeff Bezos was actually great for the world.

by Anonymousreply 8005/03/2021

I was on a plane sitting next to a guy who was a crew member on a ship that Al Gore was on. This was around the time they split. The guy said that Al was drinking a lot, slurring his words, and practically falling down.

by Anonymousreply 8105/03/2021

Perhaps Bill is going to transition into the grande dame Billia Vista Millennium Gates and Melinda doesn’t want to be part of that shit.

by Anonymousreply 8205/03/2021

I am polishing my pussy as we speak

by Anonymousreply 8305/03/2021

R56 Meghan and Harry hired Catherine St Laurent from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. But she quit after a year and not on good terms apparently as is the case with many of their former employees. I’d love to see cunty Meghan go after Bill, she’s not that interesting doing fake humanitarian work for publicity. She’s only interesting as the lying, thirsty ho that she really is as a person.

by Anonymousreply 8405/03/2021

[quote] they separated in 2010 and are both in relationships with other people.

Are they church goers, and if so, does their church handwaive adultery and fornication?

by Anonymousreply 8505/03/2021

[quote] MacKenzie Scott is one of the greatest philanthropic forces out there. Her divorce from Jeff Bezos was actually great for the world.

There was an article talking about how there are tons of scammers trying to take advantage of Mackenzie's generosity.

It was actually becoming a big problem.

[quote] The guy said that Al was drinking a lot, slurring his words, and practically falling down.

This doesn't surprise me.

Al is probably living with many demons.

Conceding the Presidency when he should have won.

I have also always believed that he is deeply in the closet.

I feel sorry for him.

by Anonymousreply 8605/03/2021

Al Gore was with Larry David’s ex for awhile iirc.

by Anonymousreply 8705/03/2021

Klan Grannies strike again in this thread.

Here we all are, talking about the Gates' divorce.

And somehow these obsessive nutjobs still manage to inject posts about Meghan.

For those of you who don't believe that they are truly crazy, look no further than R84.

by Anonymousreply 8805/03/2021

She had started to get a little full of herself.

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by Anonymousreply 8905/03/2021

Go fuck yourself, you triggered cunt at R88. You want to ban gossip about cunty Meghan yet you get triggered anytime anyone says shit about your kween.

by Anonymousreply 9005/03/2021

hello, Al Gore was chasing massage therapists around his hotel room, wanting a happy ending, that's why the wife divorced him.

by Anonymousreply 9105/03/2021

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by Anonymousreply 9205/03/2021

R26, he's a billionaire. You seriously think rich guys have trouble finding women?!

by Anonymousreply 9305/03/2021

Bill was not a virgin ffs! In fact, he dated a lot (i.e. fucked a lot of women) when he became successful...like a nerd's revenge or something...If my memory serves

by Anonymousreply 9405/03/2021

Again, they are not divorced r91. They separated but decided not to bother getting divorced.

by Anonymousreply 9505/03/2021

Hi Bill!

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by Anonymousreply 9605/03/2021

From 1997:

OK, let’s see if I’ve got this straight. “Time” magazine reports in a recent profile of mega-billionaire Bill Gates that, as part of an agreement with his wife, he gets to spend one weekend a year with an old girlfriend at her beach house. Just the two of them. All alone. All weekend.

Gates says it’s perfectly innocent, that the two of them spend all their time “walking on the beach, playing miniature golf and discussing biotechnology.”

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by Anonymousreply 9705/03/2021

Bye, Donald. I find new husband now.

by Anonymousreply 9805/03/2021

Bill is marrying Meghan and Melinda is marrying Harry. I couldn't be happier for all of them! Thanks, Meghan Troll for reminding me that Phillida Gregory told me about this the other day at High Tea.

by Anonymousreply 9905/03/2021

Suddenly, Melinda realized that micro + soft is not such a desirable combination.

by Anonymousreply 10005/03/2021

Immense wealth aside, the Gates are at that age when many couples do split. Kids are grown and they realize they really can’t stand to be with each other, and the thought of spending what’s left of your life with someone who’s increasingly incompatible is just depressing.

by Anonymousreply 10105/03/2021

How can she compete with her husband’s undying love for a ghost?

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by Anonymousreply 10205/03/2021

[R71], I live two blocks from the Gates Foundation. It must have been a very quiet event; I heard nothing.

by Anonymousreply 10305/03/2021

[quote]Here we all are, talking about the Gates' divorce. And somehow these obsessive nutjobs still manage to inject posts about Meghan.

Bitch, you're no better, your first post on this thread is "Maybe he has finally decided to transition."

Both you anti-transers and Meghan-haters need to fuck off, you can't be trusted to stay in your own threads, and you're boring to boot.

by Anonymousreply 10405/03/2021

Physically I’m not attracted to him at all but I am attracted to his money so I think we could work

by Anonymousreply 10505/03/2021

I know he's loaded beyond imagination, but the thought of having to manage some overgrown manchild's Aspergian personality is a total boner killer.

by Anonymousreply 10605/03/2021

Thanks, I've had sufficient.

by Anonymousreply 10705/03/2021

Funny

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by Anonymousreply 10805/03/2021

R104 Meghan was brought up because of a slight connection to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. But yeah go ahead and dictate why and what posters on DL can or can’t gossip about.

by Anonymousreply 10905/03/2021

I remember reading one time that Gates had a problem with halitosis.

by Anonymousreply 11005/03/2021

Someone needs to post a recent picture of the three Gates kids so we may judge how attractive they are.

I'd do it myself but my left fingertips currently are covered in Lindor chocolate and I don't want to get my phone dirty. -Er.

by Anonymousreply 11105/03/2021

Meghan wants a throuple because Bill can't give her a title. Only the money.

R104 doesn't understand that when shit goes down the usual flies appear.

by Anonymousreply 11205/03/2021

Interesting the timing of this announcement.

Gates and Melinda were close friends of Vartan Gregorian who died the week before last, and who advised and guided them in the setting up f their charity.

by Anonymousreply 11305/03/2021

She passed her expiration date and became too old for him. A billionaire doesn’t need to hang on to dried up cooch. He can offload her and get a newer model.

by Anonymousreply 11405/03/2021

R112, shut the fuck up

God damn, you racists are stupid as shit

by Anonymousreply 11505/03/2021

OT, r114 but damn. I didn’t know that. I worked with Vartan a zillion years ago when he was provost at Penn. Incredibly brilliant man. He should have gotten the top job at Penn but they gave it to someone named Sheldon Hackney, who only lasted a few years.

by Anonymousreply 11605/03/2021

Oh, that explains why Meghan didn't show up for the Vax LIVE concert with Harry: she's on a plane to Seattle.

by Anonymousreply 11705/03/2021

Melinda:

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by Anonymousreply 11805/03/2021

Gates kids. The son looks like he's sucked a cock before.

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by Anonymousreply 11905/03/2021

R104 - Hey, Pet, go fuck your ownself - just follow the stink to your corroded cunt.

Meghan and Harry poached one of Gates' top staffers, Catherine Saint Laurent - it was heralded as a head-hunting coup. She lasted 11 months with the Sussexes before bailing. It's not as if there was never a connection.

Everyone from here to Pluto knows that for a chance at a man at Gates' level, Meghan would sell her mother, Harry and Harry's title, Archie, and Diana 2.0 on a street corner.

This is a gossip site. We don't allow priggish Head Girls to dictate how we approach a subject. You don't like it? Fuck off back to the Sussex Squad.

by Anonymousreply 12005/03/2021

[quote]She passed her expiration date and became too old for him. A billionaire doesn’t need to hang on to dried up cooch. He can offload her and get a newer model.

That goes both ways, baby!

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by Anonymousreply 12105/03/2021

[quote]Something ugly must have happened.

Its a little strange they announced it on a Monday. Usually stuff like this is done in the Friday afternoon news dump before the weekend. I guess these days it doesn't matter.

by Anonymousreply 12205/03/2021

Did we really expect Bill to not leave his kids money? I think this is a way out for Melinda to pass on the fortune to their kids without Bill coming off as insincere.

by Anonymousreply 12305/03/2021

One of his daughters is neck deep in the equestrian world. Daddy bought her a horse farm and big-money horses and coaches. Just like Steve Jobs daughter. Apparently both are very noice and well mannered.

by Anonymousreply 12405/03/2021

The kids (at least the girls) are better looking than they should be given those parents.

by Anonymousreply 12505/03/2021

R124 a new lesbian couple to ship!

by Anonymousreply 12605/03/2021

This is surprising - as someone else said, after hanging in there for so long, you'd think they'd just lead separate lives. But I'm guessing that one of them wants to do something that the other is bitterly opposed to, so there was no making nice.

Actually, they seemed like a nice couple - like learning that your nerdy math teacher who you were sure never dated in his life actually had a lovely (and equally nerdy) wife

by Anonymousreply 12705/03/2021

I would have expected the Clintons to divorce before any of the power couples mentioned on this thread.

by Anonymousreply 12805/03/2021

[quote] Maybe he has finally decided to transition.

R17 Any chance of it being the other way around?

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by Anonymousreply 12905/03/2021

[quote]I would have expected the Clintons to divorce before any of the power couples mentioned on this thread

Yeah. They've also been married way longer than the others and are older.

by Anonymousreply 13005/03/2021

Their oldest daughter asks for her space and privacy — on an Instagram post.

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by Anonymousreply 13105/03/2021

This is proof enough that the vaccines don't have microchips in them. Would a woman let her soon-to-be ex-husband microchip her? Hell no.

by Anonymousreply 13205/03/2021

Melinda is leaving Bill for this guy.

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by Anonymousreply 13305/03/2021

His daughter is also studying and working in the medical field, she's already vaccinated. Not sure which one...

His kids are good looking.

by Anonymousreply 13405/03/2021

Kinda sad they’re breaking up after all this time. Both seem like decent people.

by Anonymousreply 13505/03/2021

[quote] I would have expected the Clintons to divorce before any of the power couples mentioned on this thread.

Bill and Hillary are smart.

They still have a use for each other, even though they effectively live separate lives.

There may be some perks of being "married" (even if only in title), versus being divorced.

Plus, as former President and First Lady, they have obligations for life.

by Anonymousreply 13605/03/2021

The Clintons suck, Donald and Melania are the ideal couple!

by Anonymousreply 13705/03/2021

Guesses?

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by Anonymousreply 13805/03/2021

“What do you want to do, Melinda: Cancel? Retry? Abort?”

by Anonymousreply 13905/03/2021

It will be SO weird to see him on the market with bimbos on his arm.

by Anonymousreply 14005/03/2021

Take all his money Melinda.

by Anonymousreply 14105/03/2021

That BI at r138 is just some speculation written after the fact, it's not even a true BI. But I guess most of them aren't these days.

by Anonymousreply 14205/03/2021

R103 Well, you're either hard of hearing or you weren't at home from 11ish to 2ish because there was rather a loud protest going on at that time.

Or, you live on the opposite side of the complex. I'm on the north side towards Roy Street.

Though, to be fair, I'm not 100% sure the protest was at the Gates Foundation; I didn't go and physically walk the (more like two blocks) to check and see. I heard protest noises coming from that direction and since they have quite a few protests, I am doing a bit of assuming.

by Anonymousreply 14305/03/2021

This is the equestrian daughter, Jennifer.

She looks like a stuck up brat.

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by Anonymousreply 14405/03/2021

Jennifer has typical cute red head looks. The other daughter is real looker. Almost sultry. The son almost looks Asian. Is he adopted?

by Anonymousreply 14505/03/2021

Caitlyn is available unless Sophia objects. Bill can buy the California Governorship for Cait.

by Anonymousreply 14605/03/2021

From the article at R144:

[quote] To support her passion, Gates' father set about buying property in Wellington, Florida, a hot spot for wealthy equestrians. The Miami Herald reported he dropped $37 million to buy a whole string of properties near Laurene Powell Jobs' estate.

Oh, no.

Not spoiled at all!

by Anonymousreply 14705/03/2021

R144 You're kind of an asshole, aren't you?

She looks like a cute, perky teen. Not sure where you're getting she's giving off a "stuck up brat" vibe.

by Anonymousreply 14805/03/2021

R80, Your observation is perhaps true; nonetheless, "the world" should not have to be Blanche DuBois writ large, depending on the kindness of strangers.

Fair taxation would allow the elected representatives in democracies have the means and methods for equitable and directed use of monies.

by Anonymousreply 14905/03/2021

Well, he son grew out of his awkward stage.

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by Anonymousreply 15005/03/2021

The more I read the article at R144, the more annoyed I get:

[quote] Bill Gates is determined for his children to forge their own paths in life. In 2011, he told The Daily Mail that his kids would each get a "minuscule portion" of his wealth, which Forbes estimates stands at $130.5 billion. "It will mean they have to find their own way," he said.

[quote] Gates is enrolled at Mount Sinai's Icahn School of Medicine. She just finished her first year remotely. Gates told The Chronicle of the Horse in March that all of her medical-school classes had been temporarily moved online because of the coronavirus.

[quote] The New York Post reported that in 2017, her parents bought a $5 million condo that's only blocks from her medical school.

I'm sorry, but buying a $5,000,000 condo so that she can be closer to medical school, is not exactly "making your own way."

Not quite dorm life, is it?

by Anonymousreply 15105/03/2021

r148 Datalounger's are extremely bitter, jaded and full of mommy/daddy issues because their parents didn't love them enough growing up. And some of them have been cunts since childhood so their parents had good excuse. It leads them to adult lives full of whoring, anger and jealously.

So they hate people who have it better than they did growing up.

by Anonymousreply 15205/03/2021

Melinda filed and she is a practicing Catholic. I await the name of Bill's new girl.

by Anonymousreply 15305/03/2021

All 3 of those kids came out attractive. Bonus for the fortune hunters/gigolo types.

There is definitely more to this story..

by Anonymousreply 15405/03/2021

Rumor has it Bill’s been fooling around with Rashida Jones.

by Anonymousreply 15505/03/2021

There's going to be "The Other Woman."

But not for Bill!

by Anonymousreply 15605/03/2021

My straight brother invested in Microsoft in 1991ish, and tried to take me to shareholder meetings, when I visited him in Seattle. He insisted that there were a lot rich, attractive gay men there. I was in college, and not interested in older men with saggy asses. In any case, Bill and Melinda seemed like a perfect match. They are just both so fucking nerdy, but they seem to have good hearts. I hope that they can stay away from users.

by Anonymousreply 15705/03/2021

It's good that the daughter is going to med school. I always wondered why rich people's children don't study STEM. Look at the royals who could have studied to become something more productive like Engineering or medicine or be a scientist. They can be such a role model.

by Anonymousreply 15805/03/2021

[Blind Gossip] When Jeff Bezos and his wife Mackenzie split, a lot of people were shocked.

After all, they had spent literally decades together, building a business, building a family, building their billionaire bank accounts, and working towards common goals.

We were not shocked, though.

When you are that wealthy, there are always men and women sniffing around, looking to make their move on either the husband or the wife.

Occasionally, they break through.

All the money in the world does not insulate you from infidelity.

As details emerge on this non-Bezos couple’s split, you will see that for yourself.

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by Anonymousreply 15905/03/2021

Phoebe Adele Gates (born September 14, 2002) is the youngest daughter of tech giant company Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Melinda Gates.

Their youngest recently turned 18. I assume she waited until no child custody concerns for The Court.

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by Anonymousreply 16005/03/2021

Hmmmm... maybe R155 is right! What a funky couple they would make.

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by Anonymousreply 16105/03/2021

Geez how does TMZ get a hold of this shit?

by Anonymousreply 16205/03/2021

Rashida Jones? Well, that's from out of left field.

A couple of commenters noted how Melinda's dissatisfaction with the marriage was very evident in her last book (autobiography?). Bill came off as "domineering, self righteous and controlling" I don't think she used those words though. Another commenter said Bill refused any input from her when designing and building their home, as though she wasn't going to be a resident. IIRC, he often dismissed her on foundation related issues.

I can totally see this.

by Anonymousreply 16305/03/2021

He's 65 and she's 56. He'll have his eye on someone in their early 30s no doubt.

by Anonymousreply 16405/03/2021

R158 The difference is, the Gates' kids are descended from extremely intelligent people.

The British Royal Family is largely the result of centuries of inbreeding among a family of mental midgets who enjoy mucking around the moors while shooting things and playing infantile party games.

by Anonymousreply 16505/03/2021

I hate rashida jones, why go after a married man, I can't stand gold diggers.

She's a fool if she thinks he's gonna marry her.

by Anonymousreply 16605/03/2021

It’s just a rumor R166 and probably not true. So they have a podcast together, big whoop.

by Anonymousreply 16705/03/2021

Rashida is already loaded so technically she can't be a gold digger. A hussy perhaps!

by Anonymousreply 16805/03/2021

Those must be old pics of the kids, his son is already 21!

by Anonymousreply 16905/03/2021

Rashida ain't loaded, she only has a few million at best, that ain't gonna last, she has to find a rich man to marry.

by Anonymousreply 17005/03/2021

There isn't a single intellectual in the brf. All military thugs like Andrew and Harry or weak minded duds like Kate and William who are only capable of studying easy degrees like History of Art. Marrying dunces like Fergie and Diana didn't help the gene pool much.

by Anonymousreply 17105/03/2021

Wendy Deng, Meghan Markle, and Jerry Hall tripping over each other getting to the jetway

by Anonymousreply 17205/03/2021

is it true that Bill is having an affair with Kim Kardashian?

by Anonymousreply 17305/03/2021

'Wendy Deng, Meghan Markle, and Jerry Hall tripping over each other getting to the jetway'

All much too old. He'll marry a woman in her late 20s or early 30s.

by Anonymousreply 17405/03/2021

I'd be jumping for joy if I were Melinda right now. She'll walk away with billions and doesn't have to sleep with that ogre anymore. What's not to love? She and Jeff Bezos's ex-wife should start a harem of hung, young muscle dudes to fuck them silly every night.

by Anonymousreply 17505/03/2021

Bill, call me!

by Anonymousreply 17605/03/2021

Rumours in London that he is dating 35 year old actress Jenna Coleman.

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by Anonymousreply 17705/03/2021

Call me crazy but I could see Bill Gates with Cindy McCain - John McCain's widow.

Beautiful, single, committed to causes, smart, and extremely interesting (race car driver, etc)

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by Anonymousreply 17805/03/2021

[quote] the Gates' kids are descended from extremely intelligent people

I thought she was his secretary?

by Anonymousreply 17905/03/2021

I'm sure she will be well provided for in the divorce but Melinda ain't getting half of Bill's fortune....they married long after he became a famous billionaire and there's no way they married without some kind of prenup.

MacKenzie Bezos got half because they started Amazon together and didn't have any kind of pre-nup.

by Anonymousreply 18005/03/2021

R170 Rashida already has major money from her father Quincy and is set to inherit even more. His net worth is estimated to be at least $500 million. Granted that’s nothing compared to Bill, but Rashida is financially way ahead of a typical actress of her age and career level.

by Anonymousreply 18105/03/2021

I was just coming here to post that, r181. Did everyone forget who her daddy is?

by Anonymousreply 18205/03/2021

Why would Rashida Jones have a huge fortune now? Her father isn't dead. Quincy might have started trust funds for his kids years ago but....how do we know that's even true? Has it been reported anywhere?

People really do just pull shit out of their ass and report that it's the truth.

by Anonymousreply 18305/03/2021

R180, divorce papers obtained by TMZ make it clear there’s no pre-nup.

by Anonymousreply 18405/03/2021

If your father has half a billion dollars, then you cannot by definition be a gold digger. Not unless there's been something to indicate that you have been cut off, a la Tori Spelling.

by Anonymousreply 18505/03/2021

The Duke of Gloucester, QE II's cousin was embarking on a career as an architect when his older brother, who was to inherit the dukedom, died in plane crash. (The brother William worked overseas as a diplomat as he waited to inherit.) He had to leave that career to manage their land holdings once the elder duke died.

Princess Anne seems quite intelligent. She was asked why she didn't go to university like Charles. She said she was ready to start working as a royal right away and felt that the could receive an education through that and the people she encountered. In other words, it wasn't necessary for her life's work. The irony is that she's the brightest of the bunch IMO. Were it today, I suspect a fourth in line Anne would have chosen to go to university and had received an animal sciences or veterinary degree.

by Anonymousreply 18605/03/2021

R183, her father is insanely rich. And she probably got some money from her mother already, who passed away. All we’re saying is she’s probably way better off than the average actress.

by Anonymousreply 18705/03/2021

No prenup.

by Anonymousreply 18805/03/2021

Bezos got married before Amazon and before he was rich.

Gates married long after he was one of the richest men in the world. There is no way he married Mel without an ironclad prenup. It might be a generous one, but it's not going to come close to the size of the $60 billion settlement MacKenzie Scott got from Bezos.

by Anonymousreply 18905/03/2021

I am in error:

[quote]Melinda Gates Calls Marriage to Bill 'Irretrievably Broken,' Declines Spousal Support Despite No Prenup

No prenup and she filed. It's sounding like Bill cheated.

by Anonymousreply 19005/03/2021

Here's hoping that Melinda will get a monster payday and join forces with the ex Mrs. Bezos to do some good in the world.

by Anonymousreply 19105/03/2021

Then Bill is stupid.

Though it's interesting they repeatedly refer to the separation agreement in the documents today.

I'm guessing the deal was hammered out long ago.

For all we know, the separation agreement might have occurred a very long time ago "just in case".

by Anonymousreply 19205/03/2021

The news is reporting there was no prenup. Also, Washington state is a community property state.

by Anonymousreply 19305/03/2021

I'm thinking maybe Melinda realized what a diabolical insane piece of shit Bill is with his eugenics and vaccine peddling.

by Anonymousreply 19405/03/2021

anti-vaxxer nutjob @ R194

by Anonymousreply 19505/03/2021

Bill's fortune is estimated at 130 BILLION dollars. If he loses half of it, how will he even know to miss it?

"I only have 65 billion dollars! Please click the link for my GoFundMe page!"

by Anonymousreply 19605/03/2021

I'm calling it now. Rory Gates and Dylan Geick. Just you wait.

by Anonymousreply 19705/03/2021

Who will get custody of the vaccine implant zombies?

by Anonymousreply 19805/03/2021

Last I heard, Rashida was with Ezra Koenig and they had a child who's a couple years old now. Did they break up?

by Anonymousreply 19905/03/2021

No R199 they are still together and have a nice house in Ojai. I don’t think the Rashida rumor is based on anything serious... it’s probably just because she and Bill have a podcast they started a few months ago.

by Anonymousreply 20005/03/2021

If Bill shows up to the Met gala with DL faves Jarek or Brandon on his arm I will know that we have truly gone to hell in a handbasket.

by Anonymousreply 20105/03/2021

"Cheated" r190. She would not being through something as dramatic as this over something as small as that. There are definitely more serious issues at play than someone touched Bill's penis.

by Anonymousreply 20205/03/2021

Rashida has a two year old with The Vampire Weekend's Ezra Kroenig and they live together. There was an interview Rashida did a few months ago over zoom and Ezra joined to say hello and talk. They had great chemistry. I doubt the speculation about her and bill here is true.

by Anonymousreply 20305/03/2021

I've never gotten the impression Bill Gates was into bimbos. The women he's been with were intelligent, independent women. I think he would want a woman who was mentally stimulating, not just eye candy. I don't see him being with an actress, either. Bill Gates with an actress? I don't think an actress would be his type.

It's a little early to be speculating about who's he's "dating" now. I don't think he or Melinda Gates are "dating" anyone at this point. I think they're still trying to work out how they intend to separate and what their relationship will be like once they're divorced. But women are certainly going to come after him in droves.

by Anonymousreply 20405/03/2021

If I lose half my fortune, should I drop HBOMax to economize? Asking the poors for belt-tightening strategy.

by Anonymousreply 20505/03/2021

One of them probably wants to be with someone else. Look at the Bezos divorce. Winky Bezos paid $60Billion for Mackenzie to fuck off, all so he could be with this other woman. Bill and Melinda Gates have always struck me as having a boring marriage -- they are probably like brother and sister at this point. Someone probably saw old age creeping in and decided they wanted some passion and a reason to live.

by Anonymousreply 20605/03/2021

There's dish here, for sure. WHEN will we get it????

by Anonymousreply 20705/03/2021

Regarding Bill’s podcast with Rashida, they have OBVIOUS chemistry to boot.

by Anonymousreply 20805/03/2021

Melinda said their marriage was irretrievably broken. I am waiting for the rest of the story. Of course, they can still occupy the same house while they sort things out, given that the mansion boasts 7 bedrooms and 18.75 bathrooms.

by Anonymousreply 20905/03/2021

Quincy jones? He obviously never wore a condom, he's been married 3 times, 7 kids with 5 different whores.

I doubt the kids get a lot of money while he's alive.

by Anonymousreply 21005/03/2021

Also, bill gates buying an apt for his kid in the city where she goes to school isn't a big deal.

Lots of parents do this.

by Anonymousreply 21105/03/2021

They don't have prenup but they may have a post nup.

by Anonymousreply 21205/03/2021

I doubt there's much "dish" about this breakup. Some marriages reach a point where the two people just don't get along very well anymore. The spark is gone, boredom sets in, arguments start...it's just time for the marriage to end. I don't get the impression this divorce is happening because they've been screwing around on each other.

by Anonymousreply 21305/03/2021

I’m not on the QAnon train but this two are into eugenics and population control. No one should have the amount of money they do.

by Anonymousreply 21405/03/2021

Melinda seems like she hated it for a while. She seems unhappy in every interview out Bill. She has talked about having to fight with him to be given responsibility - like for the Foundation.

My guess is they hung on until the youngest went to college - this year - and then Melinda was out.

Odd they bought a $49 million house in San Diego/Del Mar recently. Maybe for one of them to live in.

A hypocrite as he started out saying he wouldn’t give money to his kids but has already bought $20+ million of houses for his oldest daughter.

Phoebe is going to be the wild one.

by Anonymousreply 21505/03/2021

R206, one would need to be practically blind to not see how ancient and decrepit Bill Gates has become over the last 5 years or so. He's 65, but looks at least 75. His posture is TERRIBLE, all hunched over like some hobbit, and then there's the 8 trillion lines in his face...

by Anonymousreply 21605/03/2021

R216, I was just gonna post that! I saw a pic of him and he looks much older than 65!

by Anonymousreply 21705/03/2021

R216 He has billions. He can get some botox or experimental treatment to keep him younger-looking I guess.

by Anonymousreply 21805/03/2021

R218, if he was interested in that he would've done it 10 years ago at the very least. Yes, he's worth billions, but someone has to eventually deep-throat Grandpa.

by Anonymousreply 21905/03/2021

One of them is going to come outvas gay. Probably her, but I wish it was him- just to have another billionaire role model for the young gaylings.

In my youth we had Liberace, Paul Lynde and John Wayne... Gacy.

by Anonymousreply 22005/03/2021

Anyone see the resemblance between Melinda and Pippa Middleton, Kate's sister?

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by Anonymousreply 22105/03/2021

I just want to say that Rashida's mother Peggy Lipton was notorious for having affairs with married men...maybe she doesn't fall far from the whore tree and the rumors are true?

by Anonymousreply 22205/03/2021

It's so fucked up how women can just get fucked by a rich man for 20 years and then divorce him and walk away with BILLIONS. Total useless whores and they get rewarded for doing absolutely NOTHING.

I hate women arggh!

by Anonymousreply 22305/03/2021

R223 and yet you wish you were one so you could do the same.

by Anonymousreply 22405/03/2021

No, I like being a man (and a top), but even an ugly woman's life is light years easier than any man's.

by Anonymousreply 22505/03/2021

Tell that to the millions of women living in poverty R225. I'm sure they'll regale you with stories about how easy their life is.

by Anonymousreply 22605/03/2021

[quote]Melinda said their marriage was irretrievably broken. I am waiting for the rest of the story.

That's standard language in a no-fault state like Washington. The filing party says the marriage is irretrievably broken and that's that.

by Anonymousreply 22705/03/2021

R226, they still have it better than poor men in those countries who probably end up dead or in jail relatively young.

by Anonymousreply 22805/03/2021

As soon as I heard this story, I remembered the photos of Bill Gates hanging out with Jeffrey Epstein...

by Anonymousreply 22905/03/2021

Oh I'm sure R228. Women in say, Iran, can always say, boy I'm lucky I'm a woman.

by Anonymousreply 23005/03/2021

R230, women were never meant to be free, they were meant to be property of a man. Men are far smarter, stronger, superior in every way. They don't know how to handle freedom, as we can see by the wanton whorishness of the modern female

by Anonymousreply 23105/03/2021

Rory Gates is what Prince William was supposed to look like. He'll probably still have a full head of hair when he's 30.

by Anonymousreply 23205/03/2021

R231 oh go away. Your trolling isn't even subtle.

by Anonymousreply 23305/03/2021

They are both terrible people. Bill Gates is a fucking raging psycho. Their marriage was to contain him. She is the PR person, among them. He has had mistresses.

by Anonymousreply 23405/03/2021

Spill R234... how is he a psycho? I've honestly not heard a word about him

by Anonymousreply 23505/03/2021

Gates has had ulcerative colitis since college. That means a significantly increased risk of bowel cancer, especially forty years on. Not surprising if that affects his decision to get on living life on his own terms.

by Anonymousreply 23605/03/2021

harry u en danger gurl

by Anonymousreply 23705/03/2021

R236 interesting, I didn’t know that.

Might it explain the autism? The gut-brain link is often a firm indicator of ASD, even thought be some to be a cause.

by Anonymousreply 23805/04/2021

"Just after final exams he suffered a case of ulcerative colitis serious enough to put him in the hospital for more than a week. . . Although the disease is primarily genetic, friends believed the episode had been brought on by stress, overwork and sheer Gatesian intensity. . .

"Years later a friend, aghast at Gates's penchant for fast driving, remarked, 'I hope your life insurance is paid up.' Gates turned the idle remark into a serious matter, explaining that he had no life insurance because he had a lot of assets and no dependents. What Gates believed but did not explain was that he was probably uninsurable. Episodes of childhood-onset colitis are strong predictors of future colon cancer."

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by Anonymousreply 23905/04/2021

I went to school with Melinda and back then she was a good egg. Wealth and power can do strange and often horrible things to people, but I would be surprised if she's changed beyond recognition. I was horribly bullied at school and Melinda was one of the very few girls from the popular group who treated me well.

Anyway, I'm sorry to hear that she's getting a divorce but I hope she finds happiness.

by Anonymousreply 24005/04/2021

R134...Yes, their kids are very nice looking. Another surprise...

by Anonymousreply 24105/04/2021

Sorry, forum mechanic question: How come I can’t see R231? Not on ignore. Am I blocked? How does that work?

by Anonymousreply 24205/04/2021

I don't see it either. Presumably moderator deleted.

by Anonymousreply 24305/04/2021

Whoops. Click on the link in your post and it does show.

by Anonymousreply 24405/04/2021

R244 Clicking just takes me to the original post.

by Anonymousreply 24505/04/2021

The comments aren't loading? I have to keep refreshing... (off topic)..sorry..

by Anonymousreply 24605/04/2021

R244 Oh wait, now I see it too. Weird.

by Anonymousreply 24705/04/2021

from what i understand, they had a very strong bond emotionally. whilst it appears, that Bill has consulted very often with Melinda on a wide range of issues, I doubt she was ever able to match his intellect. which I do not mean in a bad way, she may have very often brought him back to planet earth where people with a normal IQ would not get what he was trying to achieve.

one thing I haven't seen in the comments; Bill is a workaholic. and I myself have already destroyed two longterm relationships predominantly due to my long working hours (I am a person, that doesn't mind working 7 days a week, 12 - 14 hours a day and even working during holidays if projects require. but I have not met a counter part -- yet -- that shares this view.... maybe for the best )

I am curious to see how Bill will hold up. he always said that Melinda was his anchor, she never mirrored said when it was mentioned in interviews. I guess indeed she was fed up, since a very long time.

by Anonymousreply 24805/04/2021

I like Melinda better than Bill

by Anonymousreply 24905/04/2021

another relationship broken by COVID lockdown measures? I have seen several amongst my friends, quite impressive :o

by Anonymousreply 25005/04/2021

r249 guess you are connecting better to her IQ level? I think Bill is much more interesting, when I listen to him converse

by Anonymousreply 25105/04/2021

They had an agreement that once a year he took a vacation with his ex girlfriend. Did she become single again?

by Anonymousreply 25205/04/2021

My pussy iz very wet Mr Gate !

by Anonymousreply 25305/04/2021

R252 That TIMES article was written in the 90s, do you really believe they held up for so long?!

R251 She is educated, smart, driven and was the one who pushed him towards philanthropy. So yes, I do like her better. How is relating to her IQ an insult? You probably relate to Kim Kardashian's IQ lol

by Anonymousreply 25405/04/2021

TIME*

by Anonymousreply 25505/04/2021

He's a douche bag and she's a huzzy.

by Anonymousreply 25605/04/2021

All these people on about Bill’s towering intellect—you do know that he stole most of his pioneering tech from true genius-level developers at IBM? And that he has people working for him now who do much his innovating? Bill has a knack for big-picture projects, computing and thinking strategically, but I wouldn’t call him a world-shattering visionary or a scholar. He can only think in terms of present-day and near-future tech.

by Anonymousreply 25705/04/2021

My impression of Bill Gates was pretty much formed by this TV movie from 1999, in which he’s portrayed as a conniving douchebag (and Steve Jobs as the true genius).

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by Anonymousreply 25805/04/2021

I predict Bill Gates’s mistress will either be African or Asian and not an actress. Time will tell.

by Anonymousreply 25905/04/2021

r254 "being educated" doesn't necessarily equal to having an elevated IQ (IMO)

he is what most people call a geek. he loves and excels in math, computer nerd and reads tons of books. I can relate to that, as I have excelled in literally all subjects (especially maths) during my education. I also read a lot (I am a fast reader, books of 700 pages I tend to read -- if I am interested -- in about 2 days)

the reason why I prefer him (one note: I am not a big fan of him in regards to the microsoft history. I am UNIX, i.e. Linux at heart, grew up in the explosion of the PC options -- Atari, Amiga, Apple.... hater of Microsoft.... still do and have not worked on that plattform since 2015) is that I can better relate to him when he discusses any topic.

Melinda IMO presents a more "squishy", emotonal side, whilst Bill IMO is more hard facts based and leaves out "juicy" details, that you may want to watch in a "docudrama" series (I tend to avoid "documentaries" where 70% + of the content is about people self profiling their -- mostly uninteresting part -- of the subject at task. I am predominantly a hard fact guy, which is not interested in the personal lives of people engaged in scientific matters)

I do acknowledge that there are people that enjoy watching (as you stated) formats such as the Kardashians (my educated guess is that you have sourself, hence the anology?), I tried it for less than a minute before switching the channel.

by Anonymousreply 26005/04/2021

r259 a computer sex robot/sex doll

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by Anonymousreply 26105/04/2021

[quite] Bill has a knack for big-picture projects, computing and thinking strategically, but I wouldn’t call him a world-shattering visionary or a scholar. He can only think in terms of present-day and near-future tech.

Bill Gates wrote some very complicated code for the grid system used by Bonneville Power that is still in use today. He was still in high school when he wrote it.

Bill Gates hired Dave Cutler from DEC to rewrite VMS onto a PC platform. This pretty much put DEC out of business as the new product, Windows NT, took the market share. Ken Olsen didn't think anyone would need a computer on their desk, Bill Gates had a different vision.

What is your opinion based on?

by Anonymousreply 26205/04/2021

Bit surprised by this

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Didn't Melinda have (among her many degrees), one in Mathmematics, r248? That bit of information kind of stood OUT when I read it somewhere a couple of years ago. Interesting background for a woman (not being sexist either). On top of that, I think she also has an MBA. So, no, don't think intellect was a huge issue with these two.

by Anonymousreply 26405/04/2021

Is this what chemistry with Bill looks like? I never heard about this podcast.

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by Anonymousreply 26505/04/2021

r257 I agree, I do not see him as an innovator (or bigger than life visionary such as Steve Jobs, who pushed a lot of failed products, but nevertheless managed to stir up the tech market, more than Bill did.

nevertheless, via his intelligence (as from what I have seen, his core talent is to read a lot and connect the dots, literally computing, the odds and developing ideas that are baised on current knowledge) he has been able, especially post microsoft, to address via his philanthropy, especially previously unthought surmountable challenges, by using his (read) knowledge, knowing with whom to interconnect with and funding projects (due to his wealth), that no government even had "their" radar on.

I am not sure how much of a role Melinda played a roll in him not pushing further in innovation (she appears to have always been the grounding component in his decisions), but one should not forget the early years leading up to microsoft.

I currently remain in my opinion, that Bill made clever, calculated and self thought decisions that have shaped the tech world we are in. not necessarily voicing that they were ideal.

the "kill or acquisition" strategy (which still prevails in ost tech companies), I have always frowned upon, especially since Microsoft now is heavily relying on Lynux (predominantly the Ubuntu distribution) to power their servers and maybe, in the long run, move away from their dinosaur OS code, without having to re-engineer it completely (VISTA showed the world how ell that went)

by Anonymousreply 26605/04/2021

a lot of strategic desicions, while Bill was still at his company, were consulted with Melinda. From what I have seen and understood, she was always the more strategic, operational decision consultant. In my view, this culture of acquiring technology, without any self innovational aspires has continued at said firm.

not surprisingly did their attempted move to challenge the apple IPod, Ipad and to some extent the mac (via their kill or acquire strategy) did not bear fruit, thse divisions where highly inprofitable, leading in the company having to shut down the Windows OS (for smart phones) and having to discontinue their recent acquisition form Nokia for Windows Lumia

Drifted off a lot.

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Microsoft had, in my view, the leverage and market space to have remained a tech leader. Nevertheless they managed to offer several security exploits (lots which still have not been fixed), annoy a lot of users to their software/OS restrictions (I work in IT addressing these issues and where needed move them away from the microsoft suite), hanging on to prehistoric code, the pergament's roll could go on.

whilst Bill was still in the company, I myself still did see a challenging move for this company. though not through innovation, Bill's analysis of the current market knew what to buy... or not.... and then try to integrate the new technology in their aging, not representative, product alignment).

Steve Ballmer must have been the worst choice, as he led the company into ridicule (not ellaborating, if interested, google it).

To close:

Young Bill, did some very signifanct groundwork for our current tech (good or bad). I miss the innovative drive, nevertheless he has the hand to consolidate current information and ideas (due to his extensive reading, which may have affected his personal life), connect the dots and take risky endavours (obviously due to a lot of cash and it must be stated, he has misinvested and loss a lot of money, but mostly for the greater cause)

high IQ levels can ever "compute", innovate, excel in EQ (emotional quotient) and lots of other areas.

personally I will always cherish him for being able to "compute", though still acknowledging IMO his lack for (aggressive) innovation and EQ

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by Anonymousreply 26805/04/2021

R260/R262 YMMV—it obviously does—but some consider genius polymath intellect to encompass a praeternatural instinctive quality as well as broad philosophical and cosmic perspective informed by the world around. Some artistic and idealistic bent is also a requirement, I believe—a person who sees beyond the veil of the ordinary plane, yet nonetheless remains conscious of it and empathetic to it. I think more of Confucius, Archimedes, Aristotle, Galileo, Nostradamus, Da Vinci, Hildegaard of Bingen, Bosch, Blake, William Morris, Milton, Mozart, Darwin, Picasso, and Tesla to name but a few.

by Anonymousreply 26905/04/2021

r269 i totally agree. this may be my "deficiency".... ;/ I acknowledgment a lot of their work, but I may lack empathy for part of their work .

r254 I apoligize, my response was dry :(

r269 thx for reminding me :x

by Anonymousreply 27005/04/2021

R175 MacKenzie is engaged or already married to a nice looking teacher her age. I think she met him at her children's school.

by Anonymousreply 27105/04/2021

At one point, Rory Gates apparently wanted to look just like Dad.

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by Anonymousreply 27205/04/2021

Then he watched Glee! or something?

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by Anonymousreply 27305/04/2021

Are we sure he's not with Angie?

by Anonymousreply 27405/04/2021

Re: Rashida Jones - in a weird kind of way I can see this ( see why Bill might go for her.) She is smart, beautiful, quirky and has a sense of humor. She seems relatively grounded for being the progeny of celebrities. As well, teen geekling Bill may have lusted after Peggy Lipton on The Mod Squad. Not as sure why Rashida would be interested but Quincy Jones had additional children with Nastassia Kinski so the inheritance could be spread thin. On the other hand, Melinda may have tired of Bill's foolishness.

by Anonymousreply 27505/04/2021

Ezra being on the road a lot may have worked, home during lockdown did not? Who knows. Hope it is not Rashida, they have a very small child.

by Anonymousreply 27605/04/2021

How the hell is Quincy Jones worth $500 million? He made that much from producing Michael Jackson albums?

by Anonymousreply 27705/04/2021

R277, he produced a lot more than Michael Jackson. He was the head of a few labels during music’s hey day.

by Anonymousreply 27805/04/2021

Some time ago, DL had a poster who worked with Gates.

Went into some detail about his professional/personal encounters with Bill and Melinda.

The gist if I can recall:

- Bill is intelligent, gifted cognitively. But is deficient in other realms: namely emotively and interpersonally. He could be a raging narc monster in some circumstances that resulted in staff cowering when going about him; creating a rather unhealthy culture around him.

Melinda, according to the poster, was the best thing to happen to Gates. She moderated his worst tendencies and was - according to the poster - a kind and decent individual. (This correlates with the poster in this thread who went to school with Melinda and found her to be similar.)

Apparently the poster who worked/socialised with Bill could not understand how Melinda stayed with Bill.

Now we have an answer.

by Anonymousreply 27905/04/2021

R236, well that makes him the most uneducated genius on the planet. UC is curable with the right diet, probiotics and prebiotics.

by Anonymousreply 28005/04/2021

Enough with the Rashida Jones foolishness. She isn't schtupping Bill Gates, yeesh.

by Anonymousreply 28105/04/2021

So to conclude, there are some incredibly intelligent people (Bill) who spend all their time alone, tinkering away on their intellectual pursuits while their emotional and social skills remain stunted, while others (Melinda) don't spend quite as much time on intellectual pursuits, but actually develop a normal personality. Gee, who knew?

by Anonymousreply 28205/04/2021

Time will tell, R281. The podcast, now this news. Rashida is awfully appealing.

by Anonymousreply 28305/04/2021

Rashida is about as interesting as a bowl of bran flakes

by Anonymousreply 28405/04/2021

A lot of men and quite a few women find her quite appealing, R284. Bill Gates may be among them, we will know in due time.

by Anonymousreply 28505/04/2021

Their marriage really underscores how crucial one’s choice of a mate is. I could bring up a few Royal examples, but everyone’s tired of hearing about those people.

Choose wisely, friends.

by Anonymousreply 28605/04/2021

DM has an article on the 1 beach weekend a year former flame.

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by Anonymousreply 28705/04/2021

Well, let that be a lesson to whoever claims that the guys with the most cash get the hottest chicks lol

by Anonymousreply 28805/04/2021

Bezos as a 2nd example, R288...

by Anonymousreply 28905/04/2021

If they were together for 27 years, it must have worked well for a very long time. Maybe the pandemic did them in - when you can't escape from each other.

by Anonymousreply 29005/04/2021

They weren't exactly sharing a studio apartment. 66,000 square feet in the main residence should be enough to keep your distance when you want to.

by Anonymousreply 29105/04/2021

"Enough with the Rashida Jones foolishness. She isn't schtupping Bill Gates, yeesh."

Yes, I'm tired of that idiocy, too. Bill Gates fucking Rashida Jones...yeah, that sure seems plausible (snort).

by Anonymousreply 29205/04/2021

R292 I agree. Rashida Jones seems highly, highly, highly unlikely.

DL lawyers, please set me right on this, but it seems the fact they are divorcing (rather than separating) with such enormous marital assets, with no prenup, but that everything's moving very quickly ("an exemplary job of resolving their issues" according to a celebrity divorce lawyer who spoke to People), seems to me that...the point of the divorce is to shield the assets from some external event. But, again, I'm no legal scholar.

Like Ghislaine Maxwell (whose lawyer just released the black-eye photo last week illustrating the tough time she's been having in the clink) getting good and ready to name names.

I still think he'll end up with a non-Western activist. Maybe Malala. She's 23, after all, hardly jailbait (kidding, sort of).

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And yet, r260, it is often "the personal lives" of scientists, inventors, and innovators that impel them to discover, invent, and create.

And sometimes to die.

by Anonymousreply 29405/04/2021

Rashida and Bill have been working on a podcast together, it is not outside the realm of possibility. All the scoffing on here is suspect. Time will tell.

From their demeanor of late I would guess this is a divorce to divorce, not just an attempt to protect assests.

It could be his old flame that he has spent a weekend with each year, or the delightful Rashida (although would suck for Ezra K and their kid) or someone else. We will ALL know in due time. Their youngest is in college now, that is often the trigger for divorce in unhappy couples. Melinda did recently purchase a modest house in Seattle.

by Anonymousreply 29505/04/2021

If I were one of his kids and he was only leaving me a tiny amount of $$$, I’d make sure my mother divorced him and left me a proper inheritance. $$$ makes the world go round!

by Anonymousreply 29605/04/2021

Maybe he's in the Epstein shit a lot more than we know (at this time) and this divorce is to protect as many assets as possible. Harvey Weinstein did the same thing with his quickie divorce.

by Anonymousreply 29705/04/2021

If it turns out Bill Gates is the dirtiest freak, that he puts Randy Andy, Slick Willy, Nasty Weinstein, and all the rest to shame with his unimaginably torid sexploitations, which are soon revealed by the tabloids and shock the world... I would be amused.

by Anonymousreply 29805/04/2021

Its always the quiet ones...

by Anonymousreply 29905/04/2021

[quote]If they were together for 27 years, it must have worked well for a very long time.

Oh HELL no.

by Anonymousreply 30005/04/2021

"Rashida and Bill have been working on a podcast together, it is not outside the realm of possibility. All the scoffing on here is suspect. Time will tell."

Working on a podcast together doesn't mean a thing. I mean really; they're doing a podcast together so that proves there's a possibility they're fucking? That's ridiculous. But some people will believe anything, I suppose.

by Anonymousreply 30105/04/2021

We do not have proof one way or the other, R301. Time will tell. The podcast indicates that they are acquainted, it is not some randomly chosen name.

by Anonymousreply 30205/04/2021

R302, if you think simply being "acquainted" with someone means there's a possibility there's fucking going then you have a very overactive imagination. "Time will tell", alright. It'll tell that some people will believe anything.

by Anonymousreply 30305/04/2021

I doubt Rashida and Gates have been in the same studio in the last 14 months — you can podcast remotely, you know.

by Anonymousreply 30405/04/2021

He's leaving her for Jarec Wentworth

by Anonymousreply 30505/04/2021

Bill Gates owns more private farmland in the US than anyone else, an analysis by The Land Report found.

His 242,000 acres of farmland stretch across 18 states from Washington to Florida, according to the report.

The land could be split between the Microsoft founder and his wife Melinda Gates after their divorce.

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by Anonymousreply 30605/04/2021

It is gossip, R303! Unclench.

by Anonymousreply 30705/04/2021

[R143], I'm a block north of you. My unit faces north, though. I should have heard something, though. This is a really quiet neighbourhood, and has been since I moved in July 1998.

by Anonymousreply 30805/04/2021

Obviously, Bill's got a Turkish belly dancer stashed away.

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by Anonymousreply 30905/04/2021

R303, that poster R302 is a lunatic who sees conspiracies and secret romances everywhere she looks. She thinks Meghan Markle and Harry are in a lavender marriage.

by Anonymousreply 31005/04/2021

R308 LOL, well my apartment faces south towards Roy/Mercer/Seattle Center and I would never call it quiet. Traffic noises all the time plus I can easily hear loud events coming from the stadium like crowd roars and Bumbershoot concerts.

by Anonymousreply 31105/04/2021

Melinda Gates looks uncannily like Caitlyn Jenner. No loss for Bill in the looks department.

by Anonymousreply 31205/04/2021

He is no looker either, R312 and needed extensive media training not to rock back and forth when he speaks. Have you seen his former and perhaps current, flame?

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by Anonymousreply 31305/04/2021

Maybe he was charmed and flattered by her attentiveness? We shall see. Hope not, would suck to be Ezra and the kid if so.

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by Anonymousreply 31405/04/2021

This is DL so I'm expecting threads on how Bill's closeted homosexuality is what finally did the marriage in....eyeroll

by Anonymousreply 31505/04/2021

R297 A divorce to protect assets might -- or might not -- work out for the ordinary wealthy facing some sort of big asset claim. But Gates is beyond wealthy. There's only one event that could seriously dent his assets, and that's divorce itself. All other possible claims I can imagine relating to his personal behavior would be peanuts in comparison.

by Anonymousreply 31605/04/2021

He’s a total aspie. With money, they never need to learn social skills.

by Anonymousreply 31705/04/2021

I think it is actually a divorce. Their interactions in more recent interviews have changed. I do not think this is soley a financial manuever of some kind. And she bought a very modest house in Seattle recently, apparently, to live in.

I have never heard anyone say much positive about him as a person. I think there is a 3rd party involved. Maybe the Outer Banks former flame?

It is not that unusual for parents to split when the youngest child is off to college.

by Anonymousreply 31805/04/2021

He has had a LOT of social media training, R317. In old tapes he rocks back and forth.

It is rumored that his mother arranged the marriage prior to her death.

by Anonymousreply 31905/04/2021

I'm curious to know if he has any insight into his condition and whether he cares about his interactions with others or if he puts people off. Being an aspie means there are processing and social skills deficits but not necessarily that a person is devoid of human kindness or doesn't care. I wonder if he's been in therapy beyond media training. He does come of as less weird as he's gotten older. Maybe having children helped. He's always beaming in the family pictures.

by Anonymousreply 32005/04/2021

R313 yes I’d seen photos of his ex-GF. It’s evident that many of these strictly techie guys value other traits aside from looks. Check out Steve Wozniak’s current wife in the link.

It’s the social media and business moguls who are into superficial looks when it comes to wives and girlfriends. Only exception is Zuckerberg. Had Bezos gotten rich in his early 30s he’d probably wouldn’t have married Mackenzie. But strangely enough he ended up with a fug who looks like a ladyboy in girlfriend Lauren Sanchez.

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Saw this, maybe the falling out had to do with the foundation? Time will tell.

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by Anonymousreply 32205/04/2021

R322 from viewing interviews, reading about his policies and closely observing his body language, I have the impression that Bill Gates is a sociopathic narcissist. I am not familiar with the nuances of functional autism, but these are all merely labels for patterns of personality and behavior.

I sense he may be brilliant with manipulation of facts, but he seems devoid of any sort of community empathy or perceptive insight.

With his perceived power due to $$$$$$$ like a modern day Robber Barron (or land grabber), this makes him scary: a bit like Trump was when he was in demolition mode as president.

Perhaps his divorce with Melinda will mitigate some potentialities by tying up his time, $$$$$$, and reputation.

Can only hope this is the case.

by Anonymousreply 32305/04/2021

They are not monogamous. He likes black and latina mistresses

Bill Gates is a complete psycho. He is going to go off the rails without his father and elderly relatives reining him in. Melinda was a public face to that family.

Also, Bill Gates is extremely competitive with other billionaires, especially Bezos. Bezos is throwing sex party.

by Anonymousreply 32405/04/2021

Melinds looks like Chasten Buttigieg in drag.

by Anonymousreply 32505/04/2021

"Maybe he was charmed and flattered by her attentiveness? We shall see. Hope not, would suck to be Ezra and the kid if so.

Are the dip who keeps saying "Time will tell?" Well, I don't think time is going to tell anything about Bill Gates fucking Rashida Jones no matter how much you want it to be so. Just the idea of those two having a love/sex relationship is pretty damn funny. Maybe YOU want them to be a couple but I don't think there's much chance of that being a reality.

by Anonymousreply 32605/04/2021

They closed on an expensive San Diego beachfront home 13 mos ago....doesn’t it seem likely something major happened just since then? Unless that was part of a mend the relationship plan..

by Anonymousreply 32705/04/2021

I think that may be where Melinda is going to live, R327.

R326, so adamant! Unless you are fucking one of them you really do have no more idea than anyone else. Why so emotionally and personally invested? No one would have guessed Bezos was fucking Sanchez either. This world is full of surprises. I am certain more information will be forthcoming, until then, it is all speculation.

by Anonymousreply 32805/04/2021

R328 it is YOU who are invested, with every fiber of your being, in creating a love affair between Bill Gates and Rashida Jones. I don't know why that is, but for whatever reason it's weird. Really weird.

by Anonymousreply 32905/04/2021

"A lot of men and quite a few women find her quite appealing, [R284]. Bill Gates may be among them, we will know in due time."

Oh give it up, you twat. You're embarrassing yourself.

by Anonymousreply 33005/04/2021

Let's be real. If we were billionaires, we wouldn't be married or monogamous. We'd be fucking a different hottie every night of the week. It's a mystery to me why billionaire like Gates, Bezos or Zuckerberg are even interested in being married.

by Anonymousreply 33105/04/2021

Billionaires are human beings, too. They want families, stability. Not all of them raging sex fiends. Steve Jobs apparently was very happy with his wife. He wrote this to her on their 20th wedding anniversary:

"We didn't know much about each other 20 years ago. We were guided by our intuition; you swept me off my feet. It was snowing when we got married on the Ahwahnee. Years passed, kids came, good times, hard times, but never bad times. Our love and respect has endured and grown. We've been though so much together and here we are right back where we started 20 years ago...older, wiser...with wrinkles on our faces and hearts. We now know many of life's joys, sufferings, secrets and wonders and we're still here together. My feet have never returned to the ground."

by Anonymousreply 33205/04/2021

that personal assistant of his probably wrote that. Steve Jobs was devoid of emotion.

by Anonymousreply 33305/04/2021

There was the rumor that Gates took his son to brothels to experience the “delights” with him several years ago as Rory was coming-of-age.

Included in these rumors were also things mentioned in posts above: Gates had escorts service him regularly at the office. Also he has a fondness for “exotic” women.

Not stepping into the Rashida Jones thing, I will say that the podcast with Bill Gates seems very bizarre. Even an article questioned it. Given that Rashida is rather “exotic” (in terms of her genetic and celebrity background), it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility that the 2 have/had some kind of connection.

Strange, but then again Bill Gates, like Bezos, Zuck and Musk, are all socially strange. Creepy, really.

And given the history Bill Gates shares with Jeffery Epstein, I would NOT put anything past him.

by Anonymousreply 33405/04/2021

Conscious uncoupling due to entanglement

by Anonymousreply 33505/04/2021

Ok so divorce announced yesterday, scoop about his weekends with ex-girlfriend all over news today. Who here with a PR background thinks the wife leaked it and who here thinks Gates' own team leaked it?

Ive considered multiple angles and I'd say its 90/10 that Bill Gates' own team put the info out there today. If it was anyone besides the two of them, it wouldnt have hit today. This was orchestrated as part of the divorce battle. Its so transparent that it wouldnt even make sense for Melinda's team to put it out today. Makes more sense that Bill's team put it out to say "we're not fucking around and we're not going to be held hostage by any personal baggage you're thinking of airing, we'll air it ourselves if need be."

by Anonymousreply 33605/04/2021

Steve Jobs was an awful human being to his eldest daughter. He was also a dick to most of his employees. If there’s one word to describe him, it’s hubris. If he had listened to medical advice when he was initially diagnosed with cancer, surgery and chemo, he would’ve had a good chance of a cure. But he waited until the cancer had spread before he acquiesced to recommended treatment. I know a couple of people who were on his care and treatment teams, his personality never softened even in the last months.

by Anonymousreply 33705/04/2021

Does Bill eat pussy?🧐

by Anonymousreply 33805/04/2021

no he's a dead fish, unless he is in a violent rage.

by Anonymousreply 33905/04/2021

no one understood how Melinda could put up with him.

by Anonymousreply 34005/04/2021

[quote]I know a couple of people who were on his care and treatment teams, his personality never softened even in the last months.

I don't expect people with terminal illness to become saints. I have cancer. It sucks. There's no upside to it. The stress is unremitting. I try not to be an asshole even when I'm not feeling great.

by Anonymousreply 34105/04/2021

[quote] This was orchestrated as part of the divorce battle.

R336 I'm curious as to why do you think there is going to be a battle? It's been reported that they already have a separation contract in place that they've asked the court to enforce. When putting the PDF of the divorce petition up, Business Insider noted: "In the divorce filings, the couple asked for their real property, personal property, and debts to be split according to their separation contract. Melinda Gates did not ask for spousal support." Plus, the kids are all over 18, so there's no custody issues to fight over. Even TMZ believes this will be settled without a trial.

by Anonymousreply 34205/04/2021

Ok so who are these supposed escorts who service Bill? The NDA terms must be lethal because no one actually come forward. Also, as far as liking “exotic” women goes? Pfft. His first gf looked as though she could’ve been either his mom or aunt.

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Good for her! Maybe now she can get a man who can find her clitoris...

by Anonymousreply 34405/04/2021

[quote] Ok so who are these supposed escorts who service Bill? The NDA terms must be lethal because no one actually come forward. Also, as far as liking “exotic” women goes? Pfft. His first gf looked as though she could’ve been either his mom or aunt.

Looks can be deceiving.

Obviously you are convinced by staged photos, R343.

Perhaps consider looking beyond the staged managed public persona of massively wealthy personas to more candid and off guard encounters.

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"Welcome to my house! You'll find the knives in the kitchen."

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by Anonymousreply 34605/04/2021

[quote] The Gores are a perfect example. They each live their own life but never bothered going through a divorce which can be a legal quagmire. Unless you plan on remarrying you don't have to bother getting divorced.

Um, what about living in sin?!? Committing adultery?

by Anonymousreply 34705/04/2021

[Quote]scoop about his weekends with ex-girlfriend all over news today

Scoop? 😂 This was reported in Time magazine over two decades ago. Keep up with the thread of you can't keep up with the news.

by Anonymousreply 34805/04/2021

R290 are you kidding? They're both worth billions, they could've each been living in separate countries in one of their 20+ homes during the last year.

by Anonymousreply 34905/04/2021

R346 Looks like Bill would fit in well here. "You know, I still wear the same size pants I wore in college."

by Anonymousreply 35005/04/2021

R349 - I wondered if Bill and Melinda have actually spent much time in residence with each other in recent years after I read youngest daughter Phoebe's bio.

This is from Gossip Cop:

[Quote]Once an aspiring ballerina, Phoebe was educated at the Professional Children’s School in New York City. She also studied at The School of American Ballet at the famed Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, as well as the prestigious Juilliard School

I have no idea how much time she was away from Seattle (she also attended Lakeside school), but if this is true I imagine her mother accompanied her. They may have been effectively separated for years.

by Anonymousreply 35105/04/2021

Sportsbetting.ag has Lilibet in the running:

[quote] The longest of long-shots to be Gates’ big rebound is Queen Elizabeth II, whose husband of 73 years died last month at the age of 99. Anyone willing to take that bet can win $1,000 by wagering a single dollar.

by Anonymousreply 35205/04/2021

R320, here he is just hangin' with the regular folk. Not noticing at all that a camera is pointed in his face.

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why is this even worth reporting?

by Anonymousreply 35405/04/2021

Well JLo is available!

by Anonymousreply 35505/05/2021

Useless observation here on Gates but here goes. Saw him receiving Medal of Freedom from President Obama a few years ago. Can't remember the others who were on the podium with him waiting to receive the medal but anyway, when the time came for Gates to step up, for what had to be his big moment, all the media, famous people around him, everyone excited, big deal, historic. No.

Gates walks up, no affect, no smile, no emotion, turns around to receive the medical from the President. No real emotion. Just blank. Turns around again and walks to his chair.

I just thought. Weird. Really bad energy. Just zero affect. Almost mean. Everyone else has eyes full of tears, holding back emotion. Not Bill.

That was my impression of Bill Gates.

And I can totally see him doing this Pro Con List about whether or not to marry Melinda.

by Anonymousreply 35605/05/2021

r333 - I just read your post about Job's lack of emotion. Had not read before I posted at r356.

by Anonymousreply 35705/05/2021

Jobs was an asshole who parked in spaces for the disabled.

by Anonymousreply 35805/05/2021

Gates is autistic, R356. Lack of affect is one of the hallmarks.

by Anonymousreply 35905/05/2021

He likes intellectual women who can talk about biotechnology...not some hollywood bimbo.

by Anonymousreply 36005/05/2021

Thanks r359. Yeah, that's why I posted. I didn't get it back then when I saw the POTUS medal investiture event.

by Anonymousreply 36105/05/2021

Forever single it is for Oprah then, R73.

by Anonymousreply 36205/05/2021

I first saw the Bill and RJ gossip on this board, I did not invent it. I had no idea they had a podcast. A total rando name would be, I dunno, Winona Ryder where there is no connection between them at all.

I like Ezra's music and for their kid's sake hope it is not true, but we just do not know. Your certainty is based on nothing. Unclench. Are you so easy to wind up in real life over something that does not even directly effect you?

It could well be the woman with the Outer Banks house. Even that annual weekend does make it sound more like a deal arranged by his mom before her death than a great love for Melinda. It ran its course. But, as a rich man, it is likely there is someone else, we will see in time who it is. Lauren Sanchez was pretty left field but you could see chemistry when the 2 couples would be at events. With Gates, we will see, probably won't be long now.

by Anonymousreply 36305/05/2021

When famous and extremely wealthy people divorce, I think it boils down to fame as the reason why they can’t continue as a couple. As others had pointed out, the Gates could’ve easily lived apart and not see each other. But their endeavors are so entwined with each other’s that it’d be difficult to pretend publicly all was well in the marriage. It doesn’t have to involve extramarital affairs. With Bill, it wouldn’t fit his personality, and Rashida Jones? He’s not going to change overnight and at his age as far as in taste/ choice of women. It’s obvious he prefers geeky, educated women.

by Anonymousreply 36405/05/2021

There are a lot of rumors to the contrary, R364. Perhaps as a romantic partner but there are a lot of stories of him being a bit of a freak.

by Anonymousreply 36505/05/2021

Let’s not contemplate, please, R338.

by Anonymousreply 36605/05/2021

His ex gf is now married the Kevin Kline's brother. She's 5 years older than him.

by Anonymousreply 36705/05/2021

Similar stories to Al Gore then, r365. Loved reading stories on line many years ago about his encounter in hotel room with hotel masseuse. Not long after, Tipper files.

by Anonymousreply 36805/05/2021

I thought the Gores are still technically married, R358? The Gates will be divorced soon and then we will perhaps see a bit more of the real Bill behind the PR. Or now. Steven Hawking was another said to be very into strip clubs, etc.

by Anonymousreply 36905/05/2021

Is Bill Gates a CONNOISSEUR of COCK?

by Anonymousreply 37005/05/2021

According to NY Post (2014):

Al Gore, though not divorced from wife Tipper, confirmed he is indeed dating environmental activist Elizabeth Keadle.

by Anonymousreply 37105/05/2021

I like Gore for his part in promoting environmental causes. However, I totally believed the massage therapist when she described her encounter with a predatory Gore. Interestingly enough, Tipper called it quits soon after. She must have known it wasn’t his first time, just first time getting caught. If this had happened now, the press and PTB’s wouldn’t habe tried to discredit and cover up so readily for Gore.

by Anonymousreply 37205/05/2021

Gates

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So much for going to Miami to support his kid

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A lot of these tightly wound guys like to get their freak on

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by Anonymousreply 37505/05/2021

It just dawned on me that you never hear about Paul Allen anymore. I guess he spends all of his time on his gigantic yacht.

by Anonymousreply 37605/05/2021

Paul Allen is very busy being dead.

by Anonymousreply 37705/05/2021

[quote]Microsoft Corp. cofounder Bill Gates’s investment fund has transferred 14 million shares of Canadian National Railway Co. CNR-T +1.14%increase worth about $1.8-billion to Melinda Gates, shortly after the couple announced their divorce. The move makes Ms. Gates the sixth-biggest shareholder in CN, Canada’s largest railway, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon data.

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Rationally, she should be fine with $1.8 billion. Odd that it was concentrated in just 2 stocks though. It must be part of a bigger transfer. I think she is getting much more.

If she is all about philanthropy, she should be making him give it to the Foundation and ensuring she has equal authority over distribution. This will truly reveal how unconcerned with money she is.

Honestly, I believe in situations like these that the spouse should get like 10-20% at most. He made it. She got to raise the kids and do things that interested her. I think it’s absurd that assets should be split 50/50 regardless of who earned the money.

by Anonymousreply 37905/05/2021

R379, in many of these situations the only way the guys can "make money" is because the wife is at home taking care of the kids

by Anonymousreply 38005/05/2021

I wish I had enough money to leave my aspie. It’s a living hell.

by Anonymousreply 38105/05/2021

she deserves 50 percent. She was at home making sure everything was running smoothly, taking care of him and his needs and giving him support.

by Anonymousreply 38205/05/2021

I also think men get away with more and are more revered if they have a spouse and children. Melinda may have come on the scene after Gates "made it," but I really believe he wouldn't be the man he is seen as today: philanthropic, somewhat approachable, and someone whose advice you would actually take to heart if Melinda hadn't been there in front of and behind the scenes while also raising three children. It's hard to put a price on that.

by Anonymousreply 38305/05/2021

Bill Gates wasn't worth anywhere near $130 billion in 1993. I believe his net worth was around $6 billion then. So does half of $124 billion sound fair? That's how much his net worth grew while he was married to Melinda.

Personally, I think $62 billion to get impregnated three times by Bill Gates seems about right.

by Anonymousreply 38405/05/2021

Translator denies being the person who split up Bill and Melinda Gates

A translator who works for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has denied wild rumors on social media that she was involved in their divorce.

Zhe “Shelly” Wang, who has worked as an interpreter for the foundation since March 2015, took to social media to deny speculation that she had more than a professional relationship with Bill or Melinda.

Wang, 36, purportedly wrote on Chinese social media site Weibo, “I thought that the rumors would go away by themselves, but I did not expect the rumors to become more and more crazily spread.”

She continued, “How many books can I read, so why spend time on the unfounded rumors?

“I would like to thank everyone for their concern and help in dispelling the rumors through private messages in the past 24 hours.”

She ended her message with a link to a story titled “#Gates divorce, some vicious people rumor to vilify an innocent Chinese girl.”

According to her LinkedIn profile, which has since been disabled, Wang became an interpreter for the Monterey Institute of International Studies in September 2012 and worked on several TED Conferences.

She joined TED Conferences as an interpreter in April 2013, and she oversaw a team interpreting TED events into Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish.

She also works as an interpreter for the Yale School of Management and Harvard Business School.

Little is known about the reason for the breakdown of Bill and Melinda’s marriage, but they did say in a joint statement on Monday, “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage. Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives.”

They continued, “We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives. We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”

But it has emerged that Bill, 65, and Melinda, 56, did have a bonkers pact that allowed Bill to vacation every year with his ex-girlfriend at a cozy beach cottage in North Carolina.

The billionaire Microsoft founder made sure the bizarre arrangement was part of the deal when he married Melinda in 1994, he told Time magazine in a 1997 profile.

“We can play putt-putt while discussing biotechnology,” Gates said of his private getaways with fellow nerd techie and ex Ann Winblad — who is now happily married to actor Kevin Kline’s detective brother, Alex Kline, a source told The Post.

Gates even sought Winblad’s approval before proposing to his wife.

“When I was off on my own thinking about marrying Melinda, I called Ann and asked for her approval,” he said, adding that Winblad gave the other woman the thumbs-up.

A divorce suit was filed Monday by Melinda, saying she and Bill — who married in Hawaii on New Year’s Day 1994 — don’t have a prenuptial agreement to distribute their estimated $130 billion in assets.

Being the fourth-richest person in the world gives Bill a lot of purchasing power — and he’s used it to amass an enviable collection of real estate, stocks, sports cars, rare books and artwork.

Bill and Melinda signed a separation contract for dividing their property and possessions, the terms of which weren’t disclosed in the King County Superior Court papers in Washington.

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by Anonymousreply 38505/05/2021

I'm sure he's been whoring around for ages...maybe he got a whore pregnant?

by Anonymousreply 38605/05/2021

Doubt that, R385, he doesn't seem the type to care. I think it is someone else he wants to be with. Possible that she does. We will know soon.

by Anonymousreply 38705/05/2021

Bill owned his MS shares before marriage. Unless he somehow made them marital property, they'd remain his separate property.

The increase in value during marriage of a spouse's separate-property business can become marital property in certain cases. However, Washington follows a narrow rule:

"The often-recited Washington rule is that so long as the owner-spouse is adequately compensated, a separate property business retains its separate character and all income generated by the business, and any increase in value of that business, is separate property."

Point is, while Washington is a community property state, it doesn't necessarily follow that all of Bill's assets are community property.

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by Anonymousreply 38805/05/2021

Chinese spies nail those elderly billionaires! See Rupert Murdoch.

by Anonymousreply 38905/05/2021

Since the couple themselves has already agreed to and signed a separation contract that they've both asked the court to enforce, what would or would not meet the State of Washington's definition of community property seems moot.

by Anonymousreply 39005/05/2021

R342 I dont know if its going to be messy. Maybe not.

I was just asking what people thought about who was responsible for this very specific leak at a very specific time. It had to be either Bill or Melinda. I think it was Bill's team. They both have legal teams working around the clock including PR people. The revelation of negative information in such a targeted way (day after the announcement) seems like a pre-emptive move to let Melinda's team know they aren't going to have public revelations steer their strategy and they cant be pushed into a more favorable settlement by revealing unflattering info about Gates.

by Anonymousreply 39105/05/2021

But when they agreed to the terms of that separation agreement, the extent of community property in the marital estate was no doubt an important consideration. So moot it is not.

by Anonymousreply 39205/05/2021

The beach weekends were written about in a Time piece years ago, R391. It was not unknown information.

The settlement agreement was signed by both parties.

by Anonymousreply 39305/05/2021

R391 They have kids and reputations they want to preserve and they aren't the Markles by nature. This will not be a messy divorce. It'll be a nice quiet friendly Seattle divorce.

by Anonymousreply 39405/05/2021

How can anyone think she deserves $80 billion for staying at home and taking care of house and kids? He could have paid someone $100k/year for that. His ideas and his work - however unethical - made the billions. I think the “she/he stayed at home and made it possible to make that money” is BS. Make your own money - kids are just an excuse not to work. As true for a billionaire as a middle class couple - if you want to be a kept woman/man, you sacrifice your own self and security. Unless there is a written agreement stating the money maker is willing to pay you x amount or % of their earnings, it’s lazy and stupid.

by Anonymousreply 39505/05/2021

You sound jealous of what was undoubtedly a very large settlement, R395.

by Anonymousreply 39605/05/2021

R395, no one said she deserves $80 billion but she does deserve something

Calling stay-at-home moms "lazy" is silly since straight guys often don't want their wives to work. It probably takes more effort to raise young kids than it does to do a lot of desk jobs.

by Anonymousreply 39705/05/2021

It will be hilarious if Melinda instigated this to get with a young and hot guy. She is the one who filed, after all. And there's a precedent: Marcia Lucas ran off with a contractor who'd been working on her and George's home.

by Anonymousreply 39805/05/2021

Just a comment about the Gates; comment about something like the other not suitable for "living together" the rest of their lives. Going to sound sexist here......but that statement struck me as something a woman would say. Or place importance on. Or even feel bothered about. Gates doesn't strike me as caring one way or the other about long term happiness or soft issues like that.

Could be wrong.

by Anonymousreply 39905/05/2021

"It probably takes more effort to raise young kids than it does to do a lot of desk jobs."

A fair assumption it would be that Mrs. Gates had the sort of help a harried middle-class mother of three could only dream of.

by Anonymousreply 40005/05/2021

He's had two serious relationships. The women were Melinda Gates and Ann Winblad. Neither of them by any stretch of the imagination could be called "exotic." Very smart, accomplished women, neither of them beauties. That seems to be what he goes for. Women with good minds, women he can relate to. Not "exotic" types.

by Anonymousreply 40105/05/2021

I don't think Melinda was ever a "stay at home mom". She's worked at their Foundation since it started over 20 years ago.

She's the wife of a billionaire. She was never at home changing nappies and making cookies....that's what staff is for.

Also the comments that she's not up to Bill's alleged genius levels of intellect is ridiculous. She's a highly educated and intelligent woman.

by Anonymousreply 40205/05/2021

I think people can't comprehend the level of wealth they have, r402. They can't relate so comments are going to sound slightly "off."

by Anonymousreply 40305/05/2021

Boy, the rumors are flying fast and furious. And getting nuttier all the time. Here's one about a translator working for the Gates Foundation. She's accused of somehow being involved in the divorce. Here's what she has to say about it:

A translator who works for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has denied wild rumors on social media that she was involved in their divorce.

Zhe “Shelly” Wang, who has worked as an interpreter for the foundation since March 2015, took to social media to deny speculation that she had more than a professional relationship with Bill or Melinda.

Wang, 36, purportedly wrote on Chinese social media site Weibo, “I thought that the rumors would go away by themselves, but I did not expect the rumors to become more and more crazily spread.”

She continued, “How many books can I read, so why spend time on the unfounded rumors?

“I would like to thank everyone for their concern and help in dispelling the rumors through private messages in the past 24 hours.”

She ended her message with a link to a story titled “#Gates divorce, some vicious people rumor to vilify an innocent Chinese girl.”

by Anonymousreply 40405/05/2021

r404 - See r385.

by Anonymousreply 40505/05/2021

Wang is trying to get famous. Don't trust the little minx.

by Anonymousreply 40605/05/2021

Can't be that good of a translator, what does this mean?

She continued, “How many books can I read, so why spend time on the unfounded rumors?

by Anonymousreply 40705/05/2021

She is pretty.

Eh, in time we will all know.

by Anonymousreply 40805/05/2021

Agree being a mother/father could be more challenging than working in a call center - but I would bet 90% of people would rather do that. If he/she wants their spouse to stay home, it is stupid for the spouse not to get something in writing that provides financial compensation. I don’t get how people think they can just not work but be assured financial security.

by Anonymousreply 40905/05/2021

I don't think Melinda spent much time at home. She has also written several books. She travels constantly - throughout Africa and Asia, her particular interest is educating girls.

by Anonymousreply 41005/05/2021

[quote] She is the one who filed, after all.

R398 I don't get the significance of that in this particular case. Divorce is a civil matter, so one party is identified as the "petitioner" while the other becomes the "respondent," but in this case, his response is in a Joinder to the Petition with him signing-agreeing to what was being presented to the court.

by Anonymousreply 41105/05/2021

"Eh, in time we will all know."

Know what?

by Anonymousreply 41205/05/2021

Who the Gates go on to be publically involved with next.

by Anonymousreply 41305/05/2021

Why should anybody give a rat's ass who Gates goes on to be "publically (Oh, dear!)" involved with? All this speculation about who Bill Gates is or will be fucking seems pretty dopey. Why should anybody care? He'll move on; so will Melinda Gates. Big deal. So what.

by Anonymousreply 41405/05/2021

You are on a gossip board, R414, perhaps you took a wrong turn. Not clicking on the thread is also an option.

by Anonymousreply 41505/05/2021

What if there was some huge betrayal like Bill having an affair with a trusted friend or assistant a la Shania Twain and Mutt Lang having a long term clandestine affair with her best friend? Or what if Bill took up with one of his daughter's horsey set friends? My bet is on Melinda having had enough of whatever it was since she is the one who filed.

by Anonymousreply 41605/05/2021

That would be scandalous, R416, but probably nothing that exciting. Since the woman with the beach house is now married, I wonder if their annual getaways have continued?

by Anonymousreply 41705/05/2021

I hope he wasn't caught banging one of the household staff!

by Anonymousreply 41805/05/2021

It's gotta be something unsavoury about to come out. Maybe a few hookers encased in concrete under the house?

by Anonymousreply 41905/05/2021

Prob not that lurid, R419. It is well known that he goes to strip clubs though.

by Anonymousreply 42005/05/2021

Being married to Melinda changed all of that. I'm sure she made him bathe too. It was known that Bill was so immersed in his work at Microsoft he disregarded his hygiene.

by Anonymousreply 42105/05/2021

There's gossip and then there's gossip, R415. Gossiping about the sex life of Bill Gates seems rather desperate. Although there have been a lot of lurid speculations I seriously doubt anything Bill Gates does in the sack is worth obsessing over. He really doesn't strike me as a sex crazy maniac who is into "exotic" escorts and the like. I doubt he's a sex trafficker, despite knowing Jeffrey Epstein. If any of that was going on I think it would have come to light a long time before this. Over the years, all the years of his marriage, there was never any indication of anything like that going on. He seems pretty boring to me. And it seems like the end of his marriage is going to be very civilized. no lawsuits, no fighting over everything. It all seems very dull. All the crazy gossip (he's fucking Rashida Jones! He's fucking a Chinese translator!) seems like I said: desperate. Desperate to find dirt about Bill Gates. I don't think he's worth it.

by Anonymousreply 42205/05/2021

Can’t wait to see the fallout from the inevitable Grimes/Elon Musk split.

by Anonymousreply 42305/05/2021

The very last page of the documents R160 linked to, has a date in the lower left footer of 08/18/2018. Maybe she's been sitting on this for a while.

Aside from some primo dick, I hope she gets a lot of love, and attention in her next relationship. That he was never around was her most repeated complaint.

by Anonymousreply 42405/05/2021

Then bounce from the thread, R422. No one asked you to characterize our participation.

by Anonymousreply 42505/05/2021

I looked at their daughter Jennifer's IG page - a ton of photos of her mother, just a couple of photos of her father taken when she was little.

by Anonymousreply 42605/05/2021

Elon Musk is a predatory fellow. He was married not once, but twice to the actress Talulah Riley. Had ironclad prenups. He gave her around $30 million to go away and never say a word about him. She has subsequently disappeared into the ether with her money.

Grimes, with the child, will get much more than Riley. But if Musk wants to dispatch her, he will quickly and quietly.

by Anonymousreply 42705/05/2021

422 = Bill Gates

by Anonymousreply 42805/05/2021

So far the only substantiated "dirt" that can be dug up about Bill Gates is that he "shacked up" on vacations with an ex-girlfriend while married to Melinda. And that is very old news. And Melinda knew all about it and was ok with it. So far that is ALL the "dirt" that is out there. Not much to see, really.

by Anonymousreply 42905/05/2021

R422 and R429 appear to be cleaners.

If you don't want to gossip on a gossip board, feel free to read a book. Your posts here only encourage us.

by Anonymousreply 43005/05/2021

Hopefully we'll know who they're pubicly linked to soon.

by Anonymousreply 43105/05/2021

Still cherishing hopes of hilarious dish to come. That Bezos thing was hugely entertaining, total scream.

by Anonymousreply 43205/05/2021

Hopefully R431 will get a life. And learn how to spell. "Pubicly?" Oh, dear!

by Anonymousreply 43305/05/2021

I’m sure the media is working 24/7 to get us answers. Another theory, based on no actual knowledge or hearsay: one of them is really ill, and the other just doesn’t have enough good feeling left to help them through it. Sayonara.

by Anonymousreply 43405/05/2021

They may be linked that way as well, R433.

by Anonymousreply 43505/05/2021

When did the youngest turn 18?

I think she was a long suffering wife who held it together for the kids, I don't think he was ever faithful, probably cheating on biz trips etc. Or maybe she was ok with him going to strip clubs, it's not like you can touch the whores there and I doubt he went into vip rooms, those rooms have secret cameras, he ain't that stupid.

She probably told him she was gonna leave when the youngest kid turned 18, she's been planning this.

by Anonymousreply 43605/05/2021

r436 She turned 18 in September.

by Anonymousreply 43705/05/2021

I agree with the youngest turning 18 trigger. They stayed together until the kid went to college - but it was over long ago. Good for them for divorcing. I give Melinda credit.

by Anonymousreply 43805/05/2021

His father also died fairly recently. I agree that it was likely due to the youngest leaving home for college.

If it was not the beach house lady, now married, or the Chinese spy, wonder who PageSix will have for us to debate tomorrow?

by Anonymousreply 43905/05/2021

My money is on the DM, our paper of record, to sniff out the lovah(s).

They had better not disappoint me!

by Anonymousreply 44005/05/2021

Check out the beach house photos on the other thread. Plywood paneling and metal metal chairs around the dining table.

by Anonymousreply 44105/05/2021

Agree with r441. It's a real...treat. Come on over and dish.

by Anonymousreply 44205/05/2021

Capital gains tax dodge. Thanks Biden!

by Anonymousreply 44305/05/2021

Link to "Love Nest"

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FOLDING metal chairs

by Anonymousreply 44505/05/2021

I find it funny that Gates himself shared the story of his long weekends with Time magazine, so straight from the horse's mouth.

by Anonymousreply 44605/05/2021

How unromantic.

by Anonymousreply 44705/05/2021

Stop feeding misinformation, it would be news if he step foot inside a strip club. Fucking idiots.

by Anonymousreply 44805/05/2021

R443 Not sure how Biden's tax plans would make divorce advantageous, but by odd coincidence Washington's governor just this week signed a new capital gains tax. At seven percent it's worth avoiding. Will Melinda very soon be relocating to Texas, Nevada, Florida etc.?

by Anonymousreply 44905/05/2021

R448 He's been known to go to strip clubs. What's the big deal?

He's not the fucking Pope. I don't get the pearl clutching.

by Anonymousreply 45005/05/2021

"He's been known to go to strip clubs. "

Sez who? I've heard a lot of things about Bill Gates, but I've never heard of him going to strip clubs. Seems to me if that were true it would have been reported everywhere.

by Anonymousreply 45105/05/2021

OK, tedious PR poodle being tedious.

by Anonymousreply 45205/05/2021

New article

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by Anonymousreply 45305/05/2021

Strip clubs are legal. His patronage was written about in a book. Only posting because you asked, R451. Your work in these threads is counterproductive for the interests of your client.

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by Anonymousreply 45405/05/2021

r454 CDAN is your source, LMAO.

by Anonymousreply 45505/05/2021

CDAN's a rightwing nutjob conspiracy site now - totally worthless.

R429 Bill's old girlfriend is 6 years older than him - so she's 71. And she's less attractive than Melinda (who's a spring chicken of 56).

by Anonymousreply 45605/05/2021

The guy likes to let his hair down once in a blue moon, who fucking cares?

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by Anonymousreply 45705/05/2021

She married an autistic guy with a flat affect, no emotion, had three kids, ran a huge house and and worked full time at their foundation. Now the kids are grown. She’s done. Let someone else deal with making sure he’s eating right and showering regularly and not being rude to the staff.

by Anonymousreply 45805/06/2021

Rumor has it she’s been riding the pool boys HARD. Bill caught her in the act many times but the orgy on Epstein island 🏝 was the final nail in the coffin.

by Anonymousreply 45905/06/2021

I don't think she cares that he goes to strip clubs, there is no fucking going on there. You can't even touch the whores. C'mon, she agreed to his once a year fuck fest with the ex. I doubt she cares about him blowing off steam in a strip club.

I think he is a romantic, he didn't sign a prenup. He was already a billionaire and I'm sure he was advised by many to get one.

by Anonymousreply 46005/06/2021

CDAN notes a BOOK by an owner of Scores re: Gates patronage. Gates' PR is no better than the Narkles.

by Anonymousreply 46105/06/2021

More dribbles from TMZ

[quote] So here's the takeaway. First, we're told this was not a friendly split. We're told Melinda and most of the family were furious at Bill for various things they claim he had done.

[quote] Second ... it's clear this divorce has been a long time in the making. And, finally, it appears they have all but reached a property settlement given the lawyers have been working on it for months and Bill transferred nearly $2 billion in stock to Melinda on the very day she filed for divorce. These things are not done piecemeal ... it would almost certainly have been part of a global settlement.

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by Anonymousreply 46205/06/2021

You could see all was not well when they were interviewed together of late.

by Anonymousreply 46305/06/2021

Maybe this will be our new entertainment, the Narkles have gotten boring. Act out/while, act out/whine.

Come on TMZ and Daily Mail and PageSix!

by Anonymousreply 46405/06/2021

Sounds like Bill was caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

by Anonymousreply 46505/06/2021

Hopefully this and the Bezos divorce continues the conversation about the absurdity of lifelong monogamous marriage in modern society. I believe if the shackles of marriage and it’s assumptions were removed there are lots of variations of long term relationships that would help people thrive - and possibly remain in partnership for their whole lives. Gays were at the forefront of defining new forms of relationships. I would hope being able to get married doesn’t make people believe that a state-sanctioned, legally binding contract with complicated financial implications and burdensome social assumptions and obligations is THE goal in life.

by Anonymousreply 46605/06/2021

r461 r464 Can we PLEASE keep this thread to the discussion of Bill and Melinda? No need to bring in "The Narkles" (painfully stupid nickname). So sick of seeing mention of them pop up in threads ranging from food you missed as a kid, to favorite musical. Go find your own sandbox to play in. God knows there are more than enough

by Anonymousreply 46705/06/2021

Melinda is walking away with 2 billion, not so bad.

by Anonymousreply 46805/06/2021

She needs more than that if she’s used to blowing $132k/night on hotels!

by Anonymousreply 46905/06/2021

He's probably been giving money away to whores and other undeserving types...that's why the wife wants her cut now.

He has hired 3 law firms on this divorce and she also has 3 law firms working on this.

by Anonymousreply 47005/06/2021

I hope it gets really messy.

by Anonymousreply 47105/06/2021

That's the Datalounge spirit r471 !

by Anonymousreply 47205/06/2021

I don't understand why this guy had to put a public announcement of his divorce. Is this money related? Why should anyone care? I'm genuinely curious about this. He's not even a celebrity. Is this put out so that lawyers can use it as leverage in the divorce?

by Anonymousreply 47305/06/2021

R473, everyone knows who Bill Gates is

by Anonymousreply 47405/06/2021

R474 Trevor Noah said he'd been getting emails from everybody he knew in Africa, all upset about the divorce.

by Anonymousreply 47505/06/2021

I think Bill and Liz the Second of the UK would make a great power couple.

by Anonymousreply 47605/06/2021

Bill and Melinda Gates 'wanted to announce split in March but lawyers stopped them while they negotiated' - so she fled to a $130k-a-night private island with the kids - but he 'wasn't invited'

Bill and Melinda Gates wanted to announce their divorce in March and she'd rented a $132,000-a-night private Caribbean island to hide away on afterwards with their kids - who are 'furious' with their father over the split - but their lawyers stopped them because they hadn't yet finalized their settlement - so she went with the children anyway.

Anonymous sources cited by TMZ on Thursday claimed that Melinda fled with the couple's three adult kids - Jennifer, 25, Rory, 21, and Phoebe, 18, to Calivigny Island, a private island in Grenada, which she rented for $132,000-a-night, to get away from the media after making the divorce announcement.

The kids were 'very angry' with their father, so he wasn't invited, the sources say, without sharing why they were angry with him. When the lawyers stopped them from announcing, Melinda and the kids went anyway, according to the sources.

The claims hint for the first time that the split is acrimonious and also seem to confirm what has been widely speculated - that the pair reached a financial settlement before they announced their split or filed papers on Monday.

The island Melinda rented has 25 suites, including a main house called The Overhang with enough room for 18 guests and three beach cottages. There are Michelin star chefs, private trainers, yoga teachers, yachts and water sports.

It is owned by French millionaire Georges Cohen, who bought it for his wife Martine in 2000. Martine had been swimming near the island after leaping off their yacht, and it caught her eye. She then persuaded her husband to fly to it on a private plane. When he learned it was for sale, he bought it and the pair have since renovated it into a luxury retreat for the super rich and famous.

Justin Bieber rented it for his 21st birthday in 2015 and the Kardashians have also visited.

It's unclear when exactly Melinda returned to the US. She and Bill were seen together during a virtual appearance on April 19.

Only one of the kids has spoken so far about the split.

Jennifer, 25, took to Instagram to describe the recent months as a 'challenging stretch' for the entire family, but she didn't expand.

They have not yet given a specific reason for the split. In court papers, Melinda described the marriage as 'irretrievably broken' after 27 years.

For years, he has spent one year a weekend away with his ex-girlfriend, venture capitalist Ann Winblad, in a romantic oceanfront North Carolina home. Melinda knew about the trips and gave them her blessing.

On Wednesday, a Chinese interpreter who worked for their charitable foundation denied internet rumors that she might be the reason for the split.

All that they said in their joint statement was that they could 'no longer grow together as a couple'.

Together, the couple have a $130bn fortune and they did not have a prenup when they got married in 1994.

It remains unclear how they will divide their assets. On Monday, the day they announced the split, Bill's investment company Cascade transferred $1.8bn in stocks to Melinda.

The pair's divorce settlement hasn't been finalized in court but they have agreed on a some of the terms of their separation. It's likely that the pair will settle privately, and that the only glimpses into their division of assets will come from SEC filings about how many shares they own in public companies.

One such filing on Monday revealed that Bill gave Melinda more than 14million shares of the Canadian National Railway Company worth $1.5billion. He also gave her 2.9 million shares of AutoNation.

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by Anonymousreply 47705/06/2021

Of course the children are going to side with Melinda. She is the one who could and would leave them huge inheritance since Bill has said on record that he wouldn’t do it. So there’s that obvious angle, it doesn’t automatically mean that he was cheating on her, hence the children are “upset” at him.

by Anonymousreply 47805/06/2021

Typical man!

by Anonymousreply 47905/06/2021

Melinda has rather pedestrian taste for the size of her wallet. Here’s the pretty underwhelming island with its tiny little beach that she rented... there are way nicer choices in the Caribbean like Musha Cay or Guana Island.

Give me a call, Mel! I’ll help you spend better!

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by Anonymousreply 48005/06/2021

so who was the love of his life? Melinda or the ex? Can you love 2 people at the same time?

by Anonymousreply 48105/06/2021

I wouldn’t call Melinda’s taste underwhelming nor her ability to spend $$$. At their Seattle area compound, Melinda had sand flown in from the Caribbean islands in order to have an ersatz island away from the real deal.

by Anonymousreply 48205/06/2021

Says the woman-hater at r479

by Anonymousreply 48305/06/2021

I told you that she would walk away with a couple billion dollars and y'all insisted that she wouldn't get a penny over $60 million due to an ironclad prenup. Hah! I'm always right.

by Anonymousreply 48405/06/2021

Gates recently bought up massive amounts of farmland all over the Midwest (I think). I wonder what that's about.

by Anonymousreply 48505/06/2021

She needs to become a major haute couture client. The vendeuse at all the top houses would warmly welcome her with open arms into this wonderful little “club”.

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by Anonymousreply 48605/06/2021

R485, I am very curious about that. For some reason, it doesn't sit right with me.

by Anonymousreply 48705/06/2021

I wonder if he got some whore pregnant.

by Anonymousreply 48805/06/2021

$132,000 A FUCKING NIGHT?

by Anonymousreply 48905/06/2021

R395, you are likely the biggest idiot this board has ever seen.

by Anonymousreply 49005/06/2021

R489, I think it's for the whole island.

by Anonymousreply 49105/06/2021

Well R484 you’re not right.

That $2 billion figure was only related to the transfer of stock in one specific Canadian rail company that represented their investment as a couple and was required to be made public by financial laws. Other stocks transfers and sales that require public disclosure may take months to be reported.

Who knows if Melinda will really end up with half of Bill’s net worth, but anybody who thinks she’s walking away with only a few billion is high. That would be only a little more than 1% of his assets... there’s no way anyone in her position would agree to that. She mostly likely leaving with at least $20 to $25 billion and probably even more.

by Anonymousreply 49205/06/2021

R487, he said his fake meat biz WOULD be profitable, if there are fewer ranchers that may be one route to achieving his goal.

by Anonymousreply 49305/06/2021

That makes no sense, r493. So he makes money in one part of his business because he’s losing money in another?

by Anonymousreply 49405/06/2021

R489 it’s for the entire island and a pretty typical nightly price for something like that or renting a luxury yacht, for example.

by Anonymousreply 49505/06/2021

I’m not questioning whether it’s a good bargain. I’m questioning the cost, period.

by Anonymousreply 49605/06/2021

[quote]$132,000 A FUCKING NIGHT?

And they probably still add on a resort fee.

by Anonymousreply 49705/06/2021

[quote]Zhe “Shelly” Wang, who has worked as an interpreter for the foundation since March 2015, took to social media to deny speculation that she had more than a professional relationship with Bill or Melinda.

Is "Zhe" her name or her preferred pronoun?

by Anonymousreply 49805/06/2021

[quote] They are the Liz and Dick (or may be bigger) of the tech world. SAD

Hardly. Liz and Dick were both world-famous individually before they ever got together. No one knew who Melinda was. They're not even the Andrew Cuomo-Sandra Lee of the tech world.

by Anonymousreply 49905/06/2021

[quote]Was Bill a virgin when they got married?

I think he still is.

by Anonymousreply 50005/06/2021

Is it true he found her in bed pleasuring herself with Clippy?

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Sorry ... bad link.

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by Anonymousreply 50205/06/2021

Melinda is also doing this for her kids. This is the only way that they will get billions in inheritance. It’s a no brainer. You think a woman who spends $132k a night for vacation accommodations alone will want her own kids to be left with in Bill’s own words “very little” of his personal wealth? Get real.

by Anonymousreply 50305/06/2021

He's on record as saying his kids will get no more than $10 million each. But he was I believe talking hard cash, god knows what other assets he will throw in. He's already hooked the youngest up with a $5 million condo, and splashed god knows what on his other daughter's horse habit.

Not *that* kind of horse...

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by Anonymousreply 50405/06/2021

Oh, he'll soften once the grandchildren start coming along. They all do.

by Anonymousreply 50505/06/2021

He is pretending to be a scientist on TV again. Bill Gates is a complete psycho.

by Anonymousreply 50605/06/2021

[R504] But, the gold digging whores get 99%.

by Anonymousreply 50705/06/2021

There's 3 psycho billionaires available, Kris Kar must be foaming at the mouth.

by Anonymousreply 50805/06/2021

R506 no worse than all the randos pretending to be scientists on DL.

by Anonymousreply 50905/06/2021

[quote]He's on record as saying his kids will get no more than $10 million each.

I feel their pain.

by Anonymousreply 51005/06/2021

he does not like his kids, like a true sociopath.

by Anonymousreply 51105/06/2021

These posts suggesting that Bill has some wild and crazy sex life are HILARIOUS. The guy looks like he's about to drop dead. Probably hasn't been able to get hard in at least 10 years...

by Anonymousreply 51205/06/2021

Maybe that is why he likes to watch at strip clubs, R512.

by Anonymousreply 51305/06/2021

R512, it's never hard to find sex when you're rich

by Anonymousreply 51405/06/2021

I never said he wasn't known, I said he wasn't a celebrity. It's a genuine question, if you want people to respect your privacy maybe don't post it online and ignore it. Real celebrities actually do that, many don't even have social media.

by Anonymousreply 51505/06/2021

This thread has dirt in it for those of us who wanted it messy.

Including an article re: Gates and Epstein that I'm only halfway through.

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by Anonymousreply 51605/06/2021

Already discussed in this thread R516.

by Anonymousreply 51705/06/2021

r517 Discussed, yes, but someone copied and pasted the entire article in the thread above. It is quite long with far more detail than was discussed here. It is worth the read.

by Anonymousreply 51805/06/2021

Why is everyone called Bill such an asshole?

by Anonymousreply 51905/07/2021

R515, people would have found out they were divorcing anyway, even if they hadn't announced it

You just admitted he's "known".....that makes him a celebrity

by Anonymousreply 52005/07/2021

Melinda hardly a saint. Anybody who hides things like the Epstein ties while the money is flowing only to dish when the spigot goes dry is equally filthy.

by Anonymousreply 52105/07/2021

^ God bless the DL women haters, they'll never stop blaming women for the shit men do

by Anonymousreply 52205/07/2021

Equally filthy? No.

by Anonymousreply 52305/07/2021

Who said she hid the Epstein ties?

by Anonymousreply 52405/07/2021

She makes JizzLane look like a Saint.

by Anonymousreply 52505/07/2021

She's the villain, Bill is a saint!

by Anonymousreply 52605/07/2021

I look askance at her having children with Bill Gates if he is in fact autistic. Other than that, I don’t really have an opinion about her.

by Anonymousreply 52705/07/2021

I’m going to be so pissed if it is in fact Rashida Jones. I don’t want to see Bill Gates sellout on a mainstream celebrity.

by Anonymousreply 52805/07/2021

If these two young rich hip kids can’t make it in this crazy world who can?

by Anonymousreply 52905/07/2021

I really, really don’t think the rumors about Bill and Rashida can possibly be true. She and I went to college together and, although she’s not my best friend, we are still friendly. Before the pandemic we would meet for dinner or whatever with other friends when she visited New York or I was in LA.

Adultery with Bill just doesn’t match up with her personality and I would be shocked if there was anything between them aside from just the podcast collaboration. I’m sure there’d have been buzz in our circle if there was more going on... that would be a hard secret to keep! Plus, she and Ezra have a great relationship and Isaiah is only about three years old.

It would be a crazy pairing and make for good gossip column press, but there’s no way Rashida is involved with Gates romantically.

by Anonymousreply 53005/07/2021

R530 = Rashida

by Anonymousreply 53105/07/2021

Bill had been stringing along the Countess LuAnn, Ramona, and Jill Zarin. It’s going to be a fight to the death to see which one of them gets him.

by Anonymousreply 53205/07/2021

"Bill had been stringing along the Countess LuAnn, Ramona, and Jill Zarin. It’s going to be a fight to the death to see which one of them gets him."

You sound like a nutjob with a vivid imagination.

by Anonymousreply 53305/07/2021

^^^^ You sound like someone too stupid to recognize satire. What an idiot!

by Anonymousreply 53405/07/2021

R534 thinks THAT is brilliant "satire?" What an idiot!

by Anonymousreply 53505/07/2021

When did using this: ^ become a substitute for using the reply function on here? I see it on almost every thread now.

by Anonymousreply 53605/07/2021

Nobody said “brilliant” R534, but anybody who seriously thought the R532 post was anything other than a joke isn’t too bright.

by Anonymousreply 53705/07/2021

Above meant for R535

by Anonymousreply 53805/07/2021

Melinda Gates Warned Bill About Jeffrey Epstein

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by Anonymousreply 53905/07/2021

Have you read anything that's been said about Bill Gates on Datalounge, R537? He's been accused of cheating on his wife with Rashida Jones, for fuck's sake. Seems to me anything and everything is being said about him and it seems to be ALL taken rather seriously. That post at R532 doesn't seem too far removed from lots of shit that's being said about Gates. At any rate, as "satire" it's pretty pitiful.

by Anonymousreply 54005/07/2021

Anyone who thinks a post about three Real House Housewives of New York... two of them “former” to boot... all dating Bill Gates at the same time was anything other than a joke has the IQ OF

by Anonymousreply 54105/07/2021

Anyone who thinks a post about three Real House Housewives of New York... two of them “former” to boot... all dating Bill Gates at the same time was anything other than a joke has the IQ of a potato.

by Anonymousreply 54205/07/2021

R542, if there are people who take seriously the notion that Bill Gates is a raving sex maniac who is addicted to strippers and that it's "not beyond the realm of possibility" that he's screwing Rashida Jones then a post about him dating Real House Housewives of New York seems like something seems not much different from that. And actually you're the one who seems like a potatohead.

by Anonymousreply 54305/07/2021

BORING

by Anonymousreply 54405/07/2021
by Anonymousreply 54505/08/2021

Only cleaners would defend Bill Gates with such indignation. This is a gossip site.

by Anonymousreply 54605/08/2021

R546, I do wonder how many PR types there are on DL. I think a lot.

by Anonymousreply 54705/08/2021

I’m not Rashida’s PR, but I’m going to defend her against R528.

In my opinion Bill would be the fortunate one if that rumor were true... Jones is attractive, graduated from Harvard, has had a very interesting upbringing, and is pretty funny. His image would benefit greatly from being with her.

But it’s silly gossip and I don’t believe there’s any truth to it.

by Anonymousreply 54805/08/2021

Getting older and losing our youthful looks sucks for all of us. But imagine if for most of your life, your persona and identity was about being a knockout sex symbol, every man drooling over you. Losing that sense of self must be very hard for such women.

by Anonymousreply 54905/08/2021

Oh shit, I thought I was in the Tawny Kitaen thread!

by Anonymousreply 55005/08/2021

DL has really slowed down, with less traffic, the PR types stand out even more.

by Anonymousreply 55105/08/2021

NY Times has an article on the divorce today. Seems like it was more an issue of different interests and competing factions in their foundation than anything else. Looks like Melinda thought Bill was suppressing her voice.

by Anonymousreply 55205/08/2021

Haha, r549! I was like, who's the looker supposed to be in this scenario? Bill? Melinda? Rashida? So confused.

by Anonymousreply 55305/08/2021

If she was in the scenario, which remains to be seen, Rashida, obvs. Stevie Wonder could see THAT.

by Anonymousreply 55405/08/2021

Ah yes, r554. I meant *former* looker. Rashida still looks phenomenal, in my humble opinion.

by Anonymousreply 55505/08/2021

So what did Bill do to get the whole family mad at him?

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by Anonymousreply 55605/08/2021

According to CDAN (I know, I know) he had a couple of kids with other women.

by Anonymousreply 55705/08/2021

Yikes, R557, I could see the kids being upset about that, dilutes any inheritence and all. Wonder if Bill will take up with another family.

by Anonymousreply 55805/08/2021

I clean for Mr Gate, clean real good if you wanna know....

by Anonymousreply 55905/09/2021

According to DM, Bill and Melinda are planning a nicely-nicely divorce because they want to keep their hopes alive of winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

Something for the couple who have everything.

by Anonymousreply 56005/09/2021

I don't think their children are worried AT ALL about their "inheritance." They all know they will be very wealthy for the rest of their lives. I wouldn't spend any time fretting that they won't get millions and millions of dollars.

by Anonymousreply 56105/09/2021

The kids will now likely get an inheritance from BOTH parents' estates. (Parental guilt can be very rewarding.)

by Anonymousreply 56205/09/2021

Myrna Loy - Just Tell Me What You Want

by Anonymousreply 56305/09/2021

Most kids are not overjoyed to find out dad has other families out there.

by Anonymousreply 56405/09/2021

R556, Bill liked the company of JE.

by Anonymousreply 56505/09/2021

John Elway? Joe Exotic? Jesse Eisenberg? Jenna Elfman? Julius Erving?

by Anonymousreply 56605/09/2021

R562 Even better for the kids, they won't have to wait for whatever the inheritance is because Bill will start showering them with "green affection" now. He wants to be able to enjoy the fruits of his beneficence.

by Anonymousreply 56705/09/2021

So many cleaners on these threads. More and more rumors of multiple affair partenrs and additional children.

by Anonymousreply 56805/09/2021

People who believe in eugenics want to spread their superior seed. Charles Lindberg believed Swedish was the most superior of all races. His wife found out after he died, he had several wives/families all over Europe.

Epstein was a eugenics believer. Maybe that's the lifestyle Bill Gates wants for himself.

by Anonymousreply 56905/09/2021

Good point, R569, JE also funneled a lot of money into transhumanism.

by Anonymousreply 57005/09/2021

R569

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by Anonymousreply 57105/09/2021

Interesting

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by Anonymousreply 57205/09/2021

Yes, Rose (r566); Julius Erving.

by Anonymousreply 57305/10/2021

Wall Street Journal and "Julius Erving" connection:

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by Anonymousreply 57405/10/2021

I was surprised to learn that Bill is only 65. Why does he look so awful for his age? It's not like he's lived a stressful life.

by Anonymousreply 57505/10/2021

r575, he spent much of his life building one of the most successful companies in history. To think that's not stressful is rather naive.

by Anonymousreply 57605/10/2021

High-stress but mostly sedentary job (flying from place to place is mostly sitting), terrible diet, bad genes.

by Anonymousreply 57705/10/2021

As mentioned above, he has youth-onset ulcerative colitis. Add in stress. Not surprising he looks a bit old for his age.

by Anonymousreply 57805/10/2021

EXCLUSIVE: 'He wasn't just this little computer nerd.' Bill Gates biographer tells how the young Microsoft founder would visit nude nightclubs and hire strippers to come to his Seattle home and swim naked with his friends

Bill Gates held naked parties with strippers in his bachelor days, his biographer claims – and wonders whether the billionaire will go back to his risqué partying now that his marriage is over.

Journalist James Wallace wrote two books on the Microsoft founder in the 1990s, and uncovered eyebrow-raising details of Gates's frat-like life as a single man.

In an interview with DailyMail.com, Wallace, 74, said Gates was 'no choir boy' in his early days as a tech founder.

'A lot of those Microsoft kids back then, they were young guys in pizza-stained t-shirts for two or three days working on software code,' the former Seattle Post-Intelligencer investigative reporter said.

'Then they would have some pretty wild parties, where they would go out and get strippers in Seattle and bring them over to Bill's home.

'He wasn't a choir boy back then, he wasn't just this little computer nerd. He did have a life back then.'

In 1997, Wallace's second book on the billionaire, Overdrive: Bill Gates and the Race to Control Cyberspace, described the alleged naked parties at Gates' Laurelhurst, Washington home in even more lurid detail.

The former Post-Intelligencer reporter wrote that national media wanted to keep their flow of technology and business stories from Gates and therefore 'didn't report on the wild bachelor parties that Microsoft's boyish chairman would throw in his Seattle home, for which Gates would visit one of Seattle's all-nude nightclubs and hire dancers to come to his home and swim naked with his friends in his indoor pool.'

Wallace wrote that Gates's 'womanizing' also put strain on his nascent relationship with his now-estranged wife Melinda.

'Though Gates began dating French [Melinda's maiden name] in 1988, he continued to play the field for a while, especially when he was out of town on business, when he would frequently hit on female journalists who covered Microsoft and the company industry,' the author wrote.

'His womanizing was well known, although not well reported, because Gates and Microsoft spoon-fed stories to industry writers for such papers as the New York Times, and none of them wanted the flow of information to stop.

'French was well aware of Gates's womanizing, and consequently their relationship ran hot and cold. At one point, they broke up for nearly a year, reportedly because Gates refused to make any kind of commitment. When they got back together again in 1992, however, the relationship grew closer and stronger.'

Gates's longtime friend and former Microsoft executive Vern Raburn corroborated the book's claims in an interview with DailyMail.com and revealed how the tech billionaire's alleged womanizing even extended to 'infidelity' during his early relationship with Melinda, which began in 1988.

Raburn admitted that Gates 'liked to party' and was not faithful to Melinda when they first began dating, but was 'very proud of the fact he hadn't done any of that' since the couple wed.

'Being naked in a pool is no big deal,' the aerospace entrepreneur said. 'There's a difference between being naked in a pool with a whole bunch of other people, and being naked in a pool with somebody else, or in a bed with somebody else.'

But the Eclipse Aviation founder added that 'to the best of my knowledge' Gates was faithful to Melinda after their 1994 marriage.

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by Anonymousreply 57905/10/2021

'I never saw any of that. Certainly prior to their marriage, yeah. Bill liked to party. But I never saw any of that after the marriage,' he said.

'In fact, I had dinner with him one night. He said he was very proud of the fact that he hadn't done any of that since he got married.'

The 70-year-old, who has known Gates for decades and was one of Microsoft's earliest employees, said that the software guru and his wife may have grown apart in recent years, and 'didn't always share the same interests' in their multi-billion-dollar charity the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

He added that the couple are 'good people', saying: 'I truly hope Bill and Melinda end up being happy. I went through a divorce myself maybe 12 years ago. Anybody who tells you they have a good divorce, they're lying through their teeth.'

Amid the super-rich couple's split announced this week, rumors have begun to fly that Gates has reverted to his old bad behavior.

TMZ reported Thursday that Melinda rented Calivigny Island in Grenada for $132,000 a night for the whole family – except Bill.

The site claimed his wife and family are 'furious' at him for some unspecified alleged incident, and that the couple had been trying to hash out a divorce agreement for months.

Though their divorce documents do not specify a prenuptial agreement and instead reference a current private divorce contract, Wallace told DailyMail.com that the couple did in fact get a prenup in the 1990s.

In his book, the author wrote Gates shied away from asking Melinda's signature himself, instead getting his close friend and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to persuade her.

'According to knowledgeable sources, however, Gates did, in fact, sign a prenuptial agreement with French [Melinda's maiden name],' Wallace wrote.

'Gates could not ask French himself, so he talked his pal Ballmer into convincing her to sign. Ballmer, according to those sources, explained to French that the agreement was for the good of the company.'

Speculation around his relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Ann Winblad was immediate following the announcement of the Gates' split.

Despite breaking up in 1987, Gates and Winblad still vacationed together alone for a weekend every year throughout his marriage to Melinda.

The billionaire philanthropist even reportedly had the agreement formalized ahead of his 1994 marriage.

Reports have always described the Microsoft founder's current relationship with his ex as purely platonic.

On Tuesday another bizarre and unsubstantiated theory emerged on Chinese social media: that he had been having an affair with a 36-year-old interpreter who works for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The claims linked Gates to Zhe 'Shelly' Wang, a Seattle-based translator and former air hostess who started working for the charity in 2015, among other gigs in her freelance translation business.

On Weibo, a Chinese social media site, Wang reportedly dismissed the claims.

'I thought that the rumors would go away by themselves, but I did not expect the rumors to become more and more crazily spread,' Wang reportedly wrote.

'How many books can I read, so why spend time on the unfounded rumors? I would like to thank everyone for their concern and help in dispelling the rumors through private messages in the past 24 hours.'

Another sticking point in Gates' marriage could have been his renowned intensity and single-minded focus on his work, as Wallace told DailyMail.com his interviews with the billionaire's exes revealed he could be a taxing partner to be with.

by Anonymousreply 58005/10/2021

Wallace told DailyMail.com that even as a multi-millionaire following Microsoft's early success, his ex-girlfriends described him as frugal to a fault.

'[Gates and his then-girlfriend] were supposed to be at a software conference in Seattle and they were running late,' said Wallace. 'But Gates is driving around all over these blocks near the conference because he doesn't want to pay for valet parking, he wanted to find a meter that he can put a few quarters into.

'This is a guy who's already a multi-millionaire, his company is already public, and he's driving around looking for a parking meter that he can put quarters into because he says 'I don't want to pay for valet parking, it costs too much.'

Other girlfriends described the software guru as aloof to Wallace.

'He could be doing two or three things at once. They'd be driving along, he'd be talking at her, and his mind would be processing software,' the author told DailyMail.com.

Winblad told Wallace in an interview for his 1997 book that early relationships with Gates were more of a 'test' than a romance.

'This is not just a serendipitous choice,' she told the author about Gates' proposal to Melinda. 'A relationship with Bill early on is a test. Are you smart enough? Do you have enough common sense? Can you make the grade? Are you athletic enough?

'Melinda is Bill's pick. He could have chosen any woman as a wife for life. He has chosen her, and that means she is an exceptional woman.'

Wallace said he doubted Gates would return to his naked pool-partying days. But even age 54 the Microsoft boss still enjoyed a bash.

In 2010 he was photographed 'dancing Paris Hilton-style' on a banquette with a group of young women at a Sundance Film Festival party sponsored by Microsoft.

Page Six reported the billionaire 'gyrated in a VIP booth until 2am' and that 'everybody was snapping photos of him until his security rushed him out the back door after he tipped a waitress $500.'

The tech founder reportedly pulled dance moves including air guitar, fist pumping, the Swim and the Jackhammer.

by Anonymousreply 58105/10/2021

Bill staring at Mischa Barton's tits (WHET her btw?)

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by Anonymousreply 58205/10/2021

I hope that video surfaces, R581.

by Anonymousreply 58305/10/2021

I think Gate's "gyrating stripper" days are long over. I don't think he has the energy for that sort of thing anymore. Also he's not dumb. If he started acting like that it would really shit on his reputation, which is that of a billionaire philanthropist. I don't think he would want to be branded as some idiot rich guy spending money on strippers and whores.

by Anonymousreply 58405/10/2021

And it would tarnish that Nobel Peace Prize he's gunning for.

by Anonymousreply 58505/10/2021

But I guess, he realized that during the pandemic that the world is ending, planet is dying, I'm gonna fuck all the whores for as long as I can.

by Anonymousreply 58605/10/2021

Ewwww DAVID!!

by Anonymousreply 58705/10/2021

Melinda first consulted with divorce lawyers in October 2019. This has been in the works for a long time.

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by Anonymousreply 58805/10/2021

Why am I not surprised?

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by Anonymousreply 58905/11/2021

WHORE!!!

by Anonymousreply 59005/11/2021

Oh please r589. It’s not salacious. Jesus, even the author said it wasn’t.

by Anonymousreply 59105/11/2021

Bill had been telling his golf buddies his marriage was "loveless".

by Anonymousreply 59205/12/2021

Yeah, Gates had "naked pool parties" and probably did some "womanizing." DECADES ago. It's amazing how desperate the attempts are to dig up dirt. I myself think the divorce will be very boring and uneventful.

by Anonymousreply 59305/12/2021

Bill Gates had lengthy affair with Microsoft employee who wanted his wife to know: report

Bill Gates allegedly had an affair with a Microsoft employee — and the tryst was being probed by the company’s board last year when Gates stepped down, a report said Sunday.

The company’s board became aware in 2019 that a Microsoft engineer penned a letter alleging that she and Gates had a sexual relationship over the years, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The woman demanded changes to her Microsoft job and also asked that Gates’ now-estranged wife Melinda read her letter — though it’s unclear if that happened.

Board members hired a law firm to conduct an investigation into the relationship, the Journal said.

During the probe, some members grew concerned about the allegation and decided that Gates, who founded the tech firm in 1975, should step down as director of the board.

But the billionaire was still re-elected to Microsoft’s board at the annual shareholder meeting, the report said. He resigned before the investigation could be completed, saying he wanted to focus on his philanthropy.

“Microsoft received a concern in the latter half of 2019 that Bill Gates sought to initiate an intimate relationship with a company employee in the year 2000,” a Microsoft spokesman said.

“A committee of the Board reviewed the concern, aided by an outside law firm to conduct a thorough investigation. Throughout the investigation, Microsoft provided extensive support to the employee who raised the concern.”

A spokeswoman for Gates admitted that, “There was an affair almost 20 years ago which ended amicably.”

She denied that his decision to step down from the board was related to the affair, adding, “In fact, he had expressed an interest in spending more time on his philanthropy starting several years earlier.”

The Journal’s report comes after another on Sunday detailed how Gates “pursued” several women in his office long after he wed now-estranged wife Melinda in 1994.

The New York Times reported two instances where the tech mogul clumsily asked out women who worked for him at Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The two incidents and other more recent ones at times created an uncomfortable workplace environment, with Gates’ personal life becoming gossip fodder among employees, six current and former staffers told the newspaper.

It’s unclear how much Melinda knew about her husband’s behavior.

The couple said they were ending their 27-year marriage earlier this month, saying “We no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.” In a divorce petition, Melinda said their marriage was “irretrievably broken.”

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by Anonymousreply 59405/16/2021

So he had an affair...BIG DEAL. No matter how much effort there is to dig up "dirt" about the divorce of Bill and Melinda Gates it still makes for very dull news.

by Anonymousreply 59505/16/2021

Long Before Divorce, Bill Gates Had Reputation for Questionable Behavior

Melinda French Gates voiced concerns about her husband’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein and a harassment claim against his money manager.

New York Times article May 16, 2021, 3:17 p.m. ET

By Emily Flitter and Matthew Goldstein

Very interesting and pointless because the rich are rich and who cares. Murdoch will drive this into the ground of course.

by Anonymousreply 59605/16/2021

Bill Gates has hired the most lame, inept, obvious cleaners if this thread is any indication.

by Anonymousreply 59705/16/2021

I knew people who worked with the Foundation in PR. She was considered the savvier of the two. And now it’s showing. She’ll end up richer than Mackenzie.

by Anonymousreply 59805/16/2021

Has Bill Gates ever gotten pussy from a woman who either didn’t work for him in some capacity or wasn’t a goddamn whore/prostitute/sex slave?

by Anonymousreply 59905/16/2021

Bill Gates raped me.

by Anonymousreply 60005/16/2021
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