In the days after the split was announced, a holding company that Bill Gates created transferred equity stakes in four different companies, worth more than $2 billion in aggregate, to Melinda French Gates, Bloomberg News has reported.
Zhe "Shelly" Wang, a Chinese interpreter for Bill and Melinda Gates' foundation, has rejected the "groundless" rumours that she was the reason behind the divorce of billionaire power couple Bill and Melinda Gates. Know about Bill Gates and Melinda Gates' kids here.
Bill previously played down his relationship with Epstein, telling The Journal in 2019 that he had met him but "didn't have any business relationship or friendship with him".
Bridgitt Arnold, a spokesperson for Bill Gates, said that year that Gates had met Epstein on multiple occasions to discuss philanthropy.
FILE: This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein.
Nonetheless, it could not have helped that Bill had repeated cozy interactions with Epstein, who pleaded guilty under a sweetheart deal in 2008 to abusing an underage girl and was charged again with federal sex trafficking before his August 2019 suicide in jail.
Melinda Gates and Bill Gates of the Gates Foundation, winners of the Public Service Award, are seen during the The Lasker Awards 2013 on September 20, 2013 in New York City.
Reports suggest that divorce talks between the couple began in 2019 following claims of Bill's dealings with Jeffrey Epstein emerged.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with an endowment of almost $50 billion, donates about $5 billion annually to causes around the world. In fact, Melinda had already been meeting with lawyers, however, with the couple negotiating their divorce throughout the Covid-19 pandemic until their shock announcement last Monday, the report noted.
"This Mother's Day, my hope for my daughters - and all of our daughters - is that they will have the freedom to make the decisions that work for them, the chance to live the lives they dream of, and that they will always live in a world that values the stories of women and their experiences", she wrote.