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    I think cheating is involved, too. I doubt two people who are this aligned - philosophically and politically - and have three children together, grew apart. I don't expect Bill's gf to be nearly as extravagant a hot mess as Jeff's, though.
    I doubt if Bill or Melinda brings out a side piece anytime soon but didn't they just announce this as their youngest daughter has just graduated Highschool?
    This sounds like they may have known and were waiting. Could it be that two of the richest people in the world don't want to live the rest of their lives unhappy? Of course I don't run in their circles so .......

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    Well, the Daily Mail is already hinting that Ann Winblad, Bill's ex-gf might have something to do with this...

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...nblad-80s.html

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    I wouldn't put too much stock in an article about how things were over 20 years ago. Maybe he kept it up maybe not but just looking at that page and some of the comments I would like to see something from a more reliable source.
    As a matter of fact if this is the only thing they can bring up about him "looking at other women" maybe there really isn't anything going on.
    I have been wrong many times before though .......

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    Bill Gates took getaways with his ex-girlfriend after marriage to Melinda

    By Kate Sheehy

    May 4, 2021 |

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    After marrying his wife, Bill Gates would spend a long weekend every year at a cozy beach cottage in North Carolina — with his old girlfriend.
    The billionaire Microsoft founder made sure the bizarre arrangement was part of the deal when he married Melinda French 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 — Winblad — who is now happily married to actor Kevin Kline’s detective brother, Alex Kline, a source told The Post on Tuesday.
    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 thumb’s up.
    Bill Gates and Melinda Gates are divorcing after 27 years of marriage, they announced on Twitter.Frederic Stevens/Getty Images Winblad recalled, “I said she’d be a good match for him because she had intellectual stamina.”
    Ann Winblad and Bill Gates took yearly trips to the Outer Banks in North Carolina, even after they broke up.Corbis/VCG via Getty Images Gates — who announced with Melinda on Twitter on Monday that they were divorcing after 27 years of marriage — revealed that he and Winblad started taking an annual trip to his ex’s Outer Banks home when they began dating in 1984 after meeting at a computer conference.
    Ann Winblad is a software expert and venture capitalist from Seattle, Washington.Ann E. Yow-Dyson/Getty Images The close pair continued making the yearly jaunt down South together even after breaking up in 1987, when Winblad, who at 70 is five years older than Gates, was reportedly more ready to settle down.
    Bill Gates and Ann Winblad began dating — virtually — in 1984.Getty Images
    The secluded trips involved everything from riding dune buggies to hang-gliding and quiet strolls on the beach.
    “We share our thoughts about the world and ourselves,” Winblad told the mag.
    “And we marvel about how, as two young overachievers, we began a great adventure on the fringes of a little-known industry and it landed us at the center of an amazing universe.”
    At the time of the interview, Gates still had a photo in his office of him and Winblad on a trip to Germany, the magazine said.
    He also had a snap of him, Melinda and a bunch of pals from a trip to Indonesia in 1995 among the rare personal pictures in his work space.
    Gates and Winblad, a software expert and venture capitalist from Seattle, Wash., started off their romance like any other good computer-geek couple — with virtual dates, the outlet said.
    Bill Gates and Melinda Gates married in 1994.New York Post They would each be in different cities but go to see the same movie at the same time and then talk about it over the phone.
    “We share our thoughts about the world and ourselves,” Ann Winblad recalled to Time, regarding her trips with Bill Gates.Horasis
    “Bill wasn’t such a big deal when I started dating him,” Winblad recalled to the San Francisco Chronicle in 2005.
    “And there was a period of time when my net worth was higher than his, and I had to pay for everything. It was a very short period of time, but it was memorable,” she quipped.
    “Bill was a great influence on me,” Ann Winblad told the Silicon Valley Business Journal.The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images
    Meanwhile, Gates seemed eager to please Winblad — agreeing to stop eating meat at the time, although he has since fallen back on that stance, Time said.
    And she was in awe of his drive and confidence.
    After they started dating, “Bill and I went for a walk on a beach, and Bill tells me, ‘I can see my way, if I really squint, to $500 million in revenue,” Winblad told the Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2013.
    That amount was at least five times more than what any software company was doing at the time, the outlet noted.
    During their trips, Ann Winblad recalled her and Bill Gates reading biology textbooks and listening to tapes on the topic of physics.Roger Ressmeyer/CORBIS/VCG via Getty Images
    “Bill was a great influence on me, and I was thinking, ‘Wow, you can actually build a company that big in the software industry? Are you kidding me?'” Winblad said.
    “I remember making him take a stick or a rock and drawing the numbers out on the sand for me. How was he going to get there? He then said, ‘What troubles me is I can’t see how I am going to get past $500 million.’
    “I thought, ‘You’re troubled about that?’” Winblad recalled. “I was jazzed that someone could think their way through to $500 million. There was a lot of inspiration from each other back then because there was so little collective wisdom.”
    She also revealed another time when the pair went to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico for a spur-of-the-moment weekend.
    “We got there, and it was hard to get a rental car, so when we finally got one, it was like this beat-up old Volkswagen, and it was Spring Break,” Winblad told Wired in 1996.
    “So we get a hotel. It’s a sh—y hotel, but that’s fine because we’re doing this on a whim, and it’s part of the adventure. I leave Bill outside while I check in.
    “Well, I go outside and I say, ‘Where’s the car?’ He goes, ‘I sublet it.’ He rented the car to some teenagers for five dollars a day!” Winblad said.”He gave them the car keys and says, ‘We’re in room whatever. Just knock on the door and give us the keys back.’
    “Sort of like ‘I’m Bill Gates; here’s the rental car; here are the keys to our room.’ I’m going, ‘We’re never going to see that car again. These are teenage boys.’
    “He says, ‘You’re probably right.’ … We finally got it back at about two in the morning, and it was all in one piece.”
    When the then-couple journeyed to Brazil, Gates brought with him a 1,100-page textbook on molecular biology — and the duo studied it together, Time said.
    During a trip to a ranch in Santa Barbara, Calif., Winblad toted along tapes of famed physicist Richard Feynman so they could listen to them.
    Gates, interviewed for the same piece, gushed that his former girlfriend “brings a sense of enjoyment and humor to even the most serious situations.
    “Her professional approach reminds me a lot of Warren Buffett. She is incredibly smart,” said Gates, a longtime friend of billionaire Berkshire Hathaway founder Buffett.
    He talked about his and Winblad’s shared love of travel.
    “One of my favorite trips with Ann occurred when we went to Santa Barbara for a week and got tons of movies from a university library to learn more about biotechnology,” Gates said.
    Bill Gates said that before marrying his wife, Melinda, he “called Ann and asked for her approval.”AP/Dave Weaver “We watched movies for hours even when it was sunny outside.”
    In Greece, the couple rented a motorcycle, although Gates was so bad at driving it that Winblad ended up in a ditch, he said.
    “Another time we got a dune buggy because I wanted one like the one in [the flick] ‘The Thomas Crown Affair,’ ” Gates said.
    “And just a month ago, Ann and I were in North Carolina trying to set a new world record for the number of putt-putt golfing rounds played in two hours,” he said jokingly, apparently referring to one of the pair’s annual trips to her beach cottage.
    Winblad told Time that the pair also enjoyed beach gatherings with pals that included what they called “the sing-down” — during which teams would get a word and have to come up with tunes featuring it.
    When Gates’ group got the word “sea,” he disappeared for a few minutes, she said — then came strolling up singing a high-pitched version of “Puff the Magic Dragon.”
    Winblad married Alex Kline, 63, about six years ago, said a source who knows her gumshoe hubby.
    He is a private investigator and Stanford University grad who played an extra in big brother Kevin’s wacky 1988 movie, “A Fish Called Wanda,” the Stanford magazine reported in 2000.
    Alex Kline has two adult kids from a previous marriage, the source said.
    While Gates is now the fourth richest man in the world as co-founder of the computer software giant Microsoft, Winblad is hardly a slouch.
    A former high-school valedictorian and head cheerleader from Minnesota, Gates’ ex co-founded an accounting software company, sold it — and then partnered up with retired NBA Supersonics player and Princeton University grad John Hummer in a venture-capital firm.
    Gates became a limited partner in the business in 1999, according to the Guardian at the time.
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    Oh, she's so gonna drain his bank accounts.
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    Ok, I retract all my "I'd get with Bill Gates" comments.

    So...predictable. I'll start my own divorce plan now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beeyotch View Post
    Ok, I retract all my "I'd get with Bill Gates" comments.

    So...predictable. I'll start my own divorce plan now.
    I think it's too early to say that this specific person was the problem, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BITTER View Post
    Oh, she's so gonna drain his bank accounts.


    they signed a separation contract on how to split their estate before they announced their divorce, and it's confidential. i don't expect there will be any drama.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56984733

    my guess is they separated ages ago and basically settled their affairs privately and waited until it was all hammered out and their last kid graduated school and would be leaving home anyway before they announced it publicly.
    that story about his ex is from 1997, i think the press is reaching to try to find scandal where there either is none, or we'll never know because neither of them will ever air their dirty laundry. my bet is there is none because they wouldn't agree to keep working together if they hate each other's guts.
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    Yeah I don't see how that story of him and his ex is scandalous. Obviously their friendship was ok with Melinda. It wasn't hidden.

    Maybe it's Melinda getting her groove on...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flygirl View Post
    Why does someone feel the need to own 269,000 acres of farmland? That amount of wealth and power makes me feel queasy.
    He did a Reddit interview where he spoke about why he owns farmland throughout the country. He stated
    "The agriculture sector is important. With more productive seeds we can avoid deforestation and help Africa deal with the climate difficulty they already face. It is unclear how cheap biofuels can be, but if they are cheap it can solve the aviation and truck emissions," he wrote.But the decision, he said, came from his investment group. Cascade Investment is also is a shareholder in the plant-based protein companies Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods as well as farming equipment manufacturer John Deere.

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    Sounds like both altruistic motivation tied to some money making.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charmed Hour View Post
    Sounds like both altruistic motivation tied to some money making. [/FONT][/COLOR]
    that's bill gates in a nutshell.

    i'll still take him over that greedy fucker, bezos.
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    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.

    Reps for Bill and Melinda Gates did not respond to requests for comment from Page Six. Wang could not immediately be reached.

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    He owns all the land surrounding a family farm we have in SE Georgia. (Which the extended family who lives there and operates it is happy about; apparently he’s a good “neighbor”)
    Over the last few years, he’s gotten hit pretty hard with fines over selling onions from FL under the label “Vidalia Onions.” This is a serious offense to the southeast Georgia onion police, and he is currently on onion selling probation
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    Now *that's* the kind of crime billionaires should be doing.

    That's hilarious. Onion police!
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    Over the last few years, he’s gotten hit pretty hard with fines over selling onions from FL under the label “Vidalia Onions.” This is a serious offense to the southeast Georgia onion police, and he is currently on onion selling probation
    Finally the real story comes out . No self respecting billionaire wife would want the world to know that she was still married to such a horrible criminal!
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