Where is Bill Gates now? Billionaire 'hiding out' to avoid questions about divorce and ties to Epstein: Report

Gates was spotted at an exclusive golf club in California where he owns a mansion. He has been staying there for the last three months


                            Where is Bill Gates now? Billionaire 'hiding out' to avoid questions about divorce and ties to Epstein: Report
Bill Gates has not interacted with the press since the divorce announcement (Getty Images)

Ever since his divorce from Melinda Gates hit the news circuit, Bill Gates has almost gone into hiding at an exclusive golf club in California where he owns a mansion. According to Page Six, the Microsoft co-founder, 65, was spotted at The Vintage Club in Indian Wells this week with eldest daughter Jennifer, 25, and her fiance, the Egyptian showjumper Nayel Nassar. He has been staying there for the last three months. A source told the website: "Bill clearly saw this divorce coming for a long time because he’s been there for around three months. 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."

Earlier this month, Melinda, 56, and Bill announced their divorce with dual tweets. It was later revealed that Melinda began consulting divorce lawyers back in October 2019, which was around the same time as Bill's friendship with disgraced billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was made public. Till now, there has been no suggestion that Bill was involved in any wrongdoing on his part when it comes to his links to Epstein. 

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From left, Phoebe Adele Gates, Bill Gates, and Melinda Gates attend the Goalkeepers 2017, at Jazz at Lincoln Center on September 20, 2017 in New York City (Getty Images)

Bill Gates was 'no choir boy'

The Vintage Club in question costs $250,000 to join. The property boasts a spa, restaurants, and two 18-hole golf courses. Some of the other celebrity members include Charles Koch and Dennis Washington. Bill bought a six-bedroom and nine-bathroom home there in 1990. In an interview with Daily Mail, his biographer James Wallace, 74, said Bill 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. Wallace wrote that Gates's 'womanizing' ways also strained his nascent relationship with his now-estranged wife Melinda."

Where is Melinda Gates staying?

Bill and Melinda Gates at the Longines Los Angeles Masters at Los Angeles Convention Center on September 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)

As per a TMZ report, a source close to the Gates family said that they had a plan to announce the divorce back in March. This plan, as per the source, included renting a remote, private island where the entire family could avoid the media once the announcement was made. TMZ reported that Melinda had rented Calivigny Island in Grenada for $132,000 a night. The plan was for Melinda Gates and the kids, as well as their significant others, to come to the island -- everyone except Bill Gates.

As per the celebrity gossip site, everyone in the family already knew that Bill and Melinda were divorcing. And, “virtually everyone in the family” reportedly took Melinda's side. The whole family was reportedly angry at the Microsoft co-founder, and this was why he wasn't invited. Given what the sources have said, it is obvious that once the divorce is done, the kids will choose to stay with their mother and not their father. The Gates' marriage was "irretrievably broken" as per their divorce documents. It was Melinda who filed for the divorce. "The marriage is irretrievably broken," the documents said. "We ask the court to dissolve our marriage and find that our marital community ended on the date stated in our separation contract."

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