Bill & Melinda Gates

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Bill Gates has opened up about his divorce from Melinda (pictured), saying he is still 'grieving' over the breakup of the 27-year marriage. The billionaire also refused to confirm if he ever cheated on his ex-wife - despite suggestions he had multiple affairs - with Melinda saying in March he had 'questions to answer'. The Microsoft founder, 65, revealed the pair did not have a prenuptial agreement but amicably split their vast wealth, although she kept the family dog.

Bill Gates has opened up about his divorce from Melinda (pictured), saying he is still ‘grieving’ over the breakup of the 27-year marriage. The billionaire also refused to confirm if he ever cheated on his ex-wife – despite suggestions he had multiple affairs – with Melinda saying in March he had ‘questions to answer’. The Microsoft founder, 65, revealed the pair did not have a prenuptial agreement but amicably split their vast wealth, although she kept the family dog.

When asked if the couple are still friends, Bill told The Sunday Times : 'I would say that. 'In an interview she chose not to use that word, but I'll use it. We have a, you know, super important, complex, close relationship where we've chosen to work together. And I'm very happy that we get to work together. 'I'm also grieving the same way she is. Yes. You know, we grew up together. When I got married, yeah, Microsoft was a big deal.'

When asked if the couple are still friends, Bill told The Sunday Times : ‘I would say that. ‘In an interview she chose not to use that word, but I’ll use it. We have a, you know, super important, complex, close relationship where we’ve chosen to work together. And I’m very happy that we get to work together. ‘I’m also grieving the same way she is. Yes. You know, we grew up together. When I got married, yeah, Microsoft was a big deal.’

He continued: 'But I was a young 38-year-old and she was a mature 28-year old [when they married], and over those next few years, in terms of what we learnt together, what went well, what didn't go well… I mean, that's more than half my adult life.' Pictured: The young couple when they were first dating.

He continued: ‘But I was a young 38-year-old and she was a mature 28-year old [when they married], and over those next few years, in terms of what we learnt together, what went well, what didn’t go well… I mean, that’s more than half my adult life.’ Pictured: The young couple when they were first dating.

Bill said the divorce settlement, at a time when his wealth was estimated to be around $130billion, was 'fair' on both sides. The couple have three children, Jennifer, 26, Rory, 22, and Phoebe, 19, and in the public break-up last year, Bill revealed that Melinda got to keep the dog. Pictured: Bill and Melinda Gates with their children.

Bill said the divorce settlement, at a time when his wealth was estimated to be around $130billion, was ‘fair’ on both sides. The couple have three children, Jennifer, 26, Rory, 22, and Phoebe, 19, and in the public break-up last year, Bill revealed that Melinda got to keep the dog. Pictured: Bill and Melinda Gates with their children.

He said neither has had to suffer from a reduction in their wealth, saying the discussions were more focused on their philanthropy, admitting he still has his 'super nice' house. He said: 'She got the dog. She just killed me with that. No, I'm kidding. The world should know how mistreated I was. No, I'm kidding. We weren't mean to each other.' But the tech entrepreneur refused to answer any questions about his alleged affairs.

He said neither has had to suffer from a reduction in their wealth, saying the discussions were more focused on their philanthropy, admitting he still has his ‘super nice’ house. He said: ‘She got the dog. She just killed me with that. No, I’m kidding. The world should know how mistreated I was. No, I’m kidding. We weren’t mean to each other.’ But the tech entrepreneur refused to answer any questions about his alleged affairs.

Melinda, who shocked the world when she and Bill announced in May 2021 that they were ending their 27-year marriage, previously told how she endured emotionally challenging times whilst working with the billionaire. The pair's divorce was finalized privately in Washington - where their Gates Foundation is based - in August. Melinda said in March that she and Bill are not friends but are 'friendly' and work together, and she suggested he had more than one affair throughout their marriage.

Melinda, who shocked the world when she and Bill announced in May 2021 that they were ending their 27-year marriage, previously told how she endured emotionally challenging times whilst working with the billionaire. The pair’s divorce was finalized privately in Washington – where their Gates Foundation is based – in August. Melinda said in March that she and Bill are not friends but are ‘friendly’ and work together, and she suggested he had more than one affair throughout their marriage.

'Those are questions Bill needs to answer,' she said when asked about reports he cheated multiple times. He previously acknowledged one affair. 'I believe in forgiveness. I thought we had worked through some of that,' Melinda said of his 2000 affair with a Microsoft employee. 'I gave every single piece of myself to this marriage. I was committed from the day we got engaged to the day I got out of it.'

‘Those are questions Bill needs to answer,’ she said when asked about reports he cheated multiple times. He previously acknowledged one affair. ‘I believe in forgiveness. I thought we had worked through some of that,’ Melinda said of his 2000 affair with a Microsoft employee. ‘I gave every single piece of myself to this marriage. I was committed from the day we got engaged to the day I got out of it.’

Gates' spokeswoman confirmed he had a sexual relationship with a female staff member in 2000 and that he resigned as an investigation into the relationship was being conducted by an external law firm on behalf of the company board.

Gates’ spokeswoman confirmed he had a sexual relationship with a female staff member in 2000 and that he resigned as an investigation into the relationship was being conducted by an external law firm on behalf of the company board.

The New York Times also reported that Gates asked out a Microsoft employee in 2006 after watching her make a presentation and, couple of years later, asked out an employee with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - both while he was married. Gates reportedly told the Microsoft employee in an email: 'If this makes you uncomfortable, pretend it never happened.' She said she took his advice.

The New York Times also reported that Gates asked out a Microsoft employee in 2006 after watching her make a presentation and, couple of years later, asked out an employee with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – both while he was married. Gates reportedly told the Microsoft employee in an email: ‘If this makes you uncomfortable, pretend it never happened.’ She said she took his advice.

Gates later allegedly asked an employee with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to dinner, while the pair were in New York for a trip. Last year, four Microsoft employees accused Gates of being an office 'bully' whose catchphrase was 'that's the stupidest idea I've ever heard' and supported claims he pursued sexual affairs with employees and journalists.

Gates later allegedly asked an employee with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to dinner, while the pair were in New York for a trip. Last year, four Microsoft employees accused Gates of being an office ‘bully’ whose catchphrase was ‘that’s the stupidest idea I’ve ever heard’ and supported claims he pursued sexual affairs with employees and journalists.

Gates' reputation as a hot-tempered boss began not long after he launched tech giant Microsoft with childhood friend Paul Allen in 1975, Insider reported. A spokesperson for the billionaire has denied he mistreated employees. A former Microsoft executive who spoke on condition of anonymity told the outlet that 'having a meeting with Bill was just an opportunity to get yelled at, so I tried to avoid that.' Gates would even allegedly track his employees by memorizing their license plates, according to the outlet.

Gates’ reputation as a hot-tempered boss began not long after he launched tech giant Microsoft with childhood friend Paul Allen in 1975, Insider reported. A spokesperson for the billionaire has denied he mistreated employees. A former Microsoft executive who spoke on condition of anonymity told the outlet that ‘having a meeting with Bill was just an opportunity to get yelled at, so I tried to avoid that.’ Gates would even allegedly track his employees by memorizing their license plates, according to the outlet.

Maria Klawe, a former Microsoft board member, said 'a person like Bill Gates thinks the usual rules of behavior don't apply to him' and accused him of being unreceptive to suggestions about improving diversity. Klawe said that Gates behaved as if he was the 'smartest person in the room' and that diversity was not something Gates 'was interested in hearing about.' She said that, when female executives would suggest diversity initiatives, Gates would allegedly respond with: 'Are you trying to destroy the company?'

Maria Klawe, a former Microsoft board member, said ‘a person like Bill Gates thinks the usual rules of behavior don’t apply to him’ and accused him of being unreceptive to suggestions about improving diversity. Klawe said that Gates behaved as if he was the ‘smartest person in the room’ and that diversity was not something Gates ‘was interested in hearing about.’ She said that, when female executives would suggest diversity initiatives, Gates would allegedly respond with: ‘Are you trying to destroy the company?’

A spokesperson for Gates told Insider that Klawe's allegations are a 'gross mischaracterization.' Melinda herself was an employee at Microsoft, having been hired as a product manager in 1987, when the billionaire first asked her out months after flirting with her at a conference dinner. In the 1992 biography Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire, author James Wallace revealed Gates had an alleged affair with a married woman 13 years older than him when he was 27 years old.

A spokesperson for Gates told Insider that Klawe’s allegations are a ‘gross mischaracterization.’ Melinda herself was an employee at Microsoft, having been hired as a product manager in 1987, when the billionaire first asked her out months after flirting with her at a conference dinner. In the 1992 biography Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire, author James Wallace revealed Gates had an alleged affair with a married woman 13 years older than him when he was 27 years old.

His alleged affair was with the wife of an Osborne Computer executive who lived abroad, according to the biography. Gates himself admitted to frequenting the area, centered on Washington Street between Boylston Street and Kneeland Street, in a 1994 interview he did with Playboy magazine. 'Just because I went there doesn't mean I engaged in everything that was going on,' Gates said. 'I ate pizza, read books and watched what was going on. I went to the diners.'

His alleged affair was with the wife of an Osborne Computer executive who lived abroad, according to the biography. Gates himself admitted to frequenting the area, centered on Washington Street between Boylston Street and Kneeland Street, in a 1994 interview he did with Playboy magazine. ‘Just because I went there doesn’t mean I engaged in everything that was going on,’ Gates said. ‘I ate pizza, read books and watched what was going on. I went to the diners.’

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