Bill Gates is reportedly hiding out in his mansion at a billionaires’ golf club in California that costs $250,000 to join

Bill Gates attends Global Champions Tour of Monaco at Port de Hercule on June 30, 2018 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.
Bill Gates attends Global Champions Tour of Monaco at Port de Hercule on June 30, 2018 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.

  • Bill Gates has been at an exclusive California golf course since his divorce news broke, a source told Page Six.
  • The source said Gates has been at his $12.5 million mansion at The Vintage Club for three months.
  • Gates was seen at the club with his daughter, Jennifer Gates, and her partner, the source said.
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Bill Gates has been at a luxury country club in California where he owns a mansion since the news of his divorce with Melinda Gates broke, a source told Page Six on Tuesday.

The couple, who have been married for 27 years and have three children, announced on May 3 that they were going to split up.

The 65-year-old billionaire has been laying low in his multi million-dollar house at The Vintage Club in Indian Wells for a few months, according to the source.

“Bill clearly saw this divorce coming for a long time because he’s been there for around three months,” the source told Page Six, part of the New York Post.

The Microsoft founder was spotted at the luxury golf and country club with his 25-year-old daughter Jennifer Gates and her partner, Nayel Nassar, an Egyptian millionaire and show jumper, according to the source.

“It is the perfect place for Bill to hide out from anyone who wants to question him about his divorce or his alleged ties to Epstein,” the source said.

Gates bought a huge six-bed mansion at The Vintage Club for $12.5 million in 1990, according to a Forbes report.

On its website, the club describes itself as “one of the United States’ most prestigious and ultra-exclusive private country club communities.”

The club, which costs $250,000 to join, is a members-only country club where high-profile people such as businessmen Charles Koch, Philip Anshultz, and Dennis Washington go to enjoy luxury properties and play golf. The club has two championship golf courses, a spa, restaurants, and tennis courts.

The Vintage Club’s current real-estate listings range from $755,000 for a Hacienda-style cottage to upwards of $17 million for a custom home.

The couple’s divorce has taken the world by surprise, but Melinda Gates was reportedly speaking to divorce lawyers in 2019. She described the marriage as “irretrievably broken” in divorce filings.

A source told The New York Times on Sunday that Melinda’s body language when she appeared in public alongside Bill suggested their relationship had been on the rocks for a while. Reports also suggested that the pair wanted to wait until their youngest daughter, Phoebe, turned 18 before they divorced.

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Melinda Gates was upset and uncomfortable after she and Bill Gates met with Jeffrey Epstein, The Daily Beast reports

Bill Gates, Jeffrey Epstein
Bill Gates, Jeffrey Epstein

A meeting between Bill and Melinda Gates and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in 2013 left Melinda upset at the relationship between her husband and the financier, as reported by The Daily Beast on Thursday.

Sources told the outlet that her soon-to-be ex-husband’s friendship with Epstein – who had already pleaded guilty to soliciting an underage girl in 2008 when the two struck up a relationship in 2011 -“still haunts” Melinda, according to The Beast.

According to the outlet, the couple met with Epstein in New York City at his Upper East Side mansion in September 2013. Sources told The Beast that soon after the meeting, Melinda told friends of her discomfort during the encounter. Several people close to the couple told The Beast she was “furious” over her husband’s relationship with Epstein.

Gates’ ties to Epstein were first reported by The New York Times in late 2019 following Epstein’s death by suicide in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York, where he was being held pre-trial. Epstein had been charged with multiple counts related to sex trafficking underage women in July of 2019.

Gates was among many several high-profile figures who faced backlash over ties to Epstein following the sex offender’s July 2019 arrest, but among the billionaires, politicians, and royals who parlayed with Epstein, Gates was rare in that he began his relationship with the financier after Epstein had already been convicted of sex crimes, according to The Times.

The Times reported that Gates and Epstein met multiple times from 2011 to 2013. In 2013, Gates rode on Epstein’s private jet from New Jersey to Palm Beach, Florida, according to the outlet, though Gates had previously denied he’d ever traveled with Epstein in a 2019 interview with The Wall Street Journal.

“I didn’t have any business relationship or friendship with him,” Gates told The Journal. “I didn’t go to New Mexico or Florida or Palm Beach or any of that. There were people around him who were saying, hey, if you want to raise money for global health and get more philanthropy, he knows a lot of rich people. Every meeting where I was with him were meetings with men. I was never at any parties or anything like that. He never donated any money to anything that I know about.”

The two men’s relationship appeared to cool in the fall of 2014, according to The Beast, following a $2 million donation to MIT’s Media Lab by Gates that the lab’s former director claimed was facilitated by Epstein. (A spokesperson for Gates denied this claim to The Journal: “Although Epstein pursued Bill Gates aggressively, any account of a business partnership or personal relationship between the two is simply not true. And any claim that Epstein directed any programmatic or personal grantmaking for Bill Gates is completely false.”)

According to The Times, Epstein had soon after complained to an acquaintance that Gates had stopped speaking to him.

This week, Bill and Melinda announced they were separating after 27 years of marriage.

“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the two said in a statement on Twitter on Monday. “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.”

But the couple had reportedly already separated prior to the announcement, and divorce filings shared by TMZ, revealed Melinda said the marriage was “irretrievably broken.”

The Beast reported Thursday that financial and public relations specialists had been working on specifics of the duo’s split “for weeks,” before the announcement.

Gates and Melinda married in 1994 and have three children together. They also set up the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation together.

A representative for the couple did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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An article published in 1997 revealed that Bill and Melinda Gates had an agreement where he could spend one long weekend with his ex-girlfriend at her beach house in North Carolina

Bill and Melinda Gates
  • A 1997 Time Magazine profile of Bill Gates delved into his love life and family life with Melinda Gates.
  • Bill Gates reportedly had an agreement with Melinda where he would spend a long weekend with his ex every year.
  • “We can play putt-putt while discussing biotechnology,” Gates told Time.
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A 1997 Time Magazine profile of Bill Gates shared that he and Melinda Gates had an agreement where Bill could spend a long weekend every year with his ex-girlfriend Ann Winblad at her North Carolina beach cottage.

On Monday, Bill and Melinda Gates announced their divorce after 27 years of marriage.

Walter Isaacson’s profile, titled “In Search of the Real Bill Gates,” charted the software magnate’s rise and delved into his personal life, including his love life and he and Melinda’s family life.

According to the article, before Bill and Melinda’s 1994 marriage, Bill dated software entrepreneur and venture capitalist Ann Winblad during the 1980s.

Bill Gates and Winblad broke up in 1987 but remained close. Eventually, before Bill and Melinda Gates got married, Bill Gates told Isaacson he called Winblad to ask for her approval.

“I said she’d be a good match for him because she had intellectual stamina,” Winblad told Isaacson.

And by 1997, three years into Bill and Melinda’s marriage, the couple had an arrangement that Bill could spend a long weekend with Winblad every year at her beach cottage in North Carolina.

“We can play putt-putt while discussing biotechnology,” Gates told Isaacson.

“We share our thoughts about the world and ourselves,” Winblad said.

It’s unclear how long this apparent agreement lasted – or if it went beyond the 1997 publishing of the article. Business Insider contacted the Gates Foundation for comment and will update as needed.

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