Bill Gates reportedly engaged in meetings with convicted sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein in the hopes that his connections would lead to a Nobel Peace Prize, a former Gates Foundation staffer told the Daily Beast.
The foundation’s communications staff had been alerted to Gates’ relationship with Epstein, being told that it “was a maneuver to try to get himself a Nobel Peace Prize,” with the staffer saying that Gates allegedly kept some employees on call on the day the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded in the chance that he won.
“We were aware of things that were potential reputational risks for the foundation and the co-chairs, Bill and Melinda,” said the former staffer. “Even back then, people knew this guy wasn’t squeaky clean,” they said in reference to Epstein.
Gates’ relationship with Epstein was revealed back in October 2019, which was part of what prompted Melinda Gates to begin speaking with divorce lawyers. Bill Gates had also reportedly received marriage advice from Epstein during past visits to his Upper East Side Manhattan home.