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Bill Gates says he ‘messed up in’ marriage in Q&A at Sun Valley’s billionaire summer camp, report says

Reprinted from Business Insider, by Kate Duffy – 2021-07-14

Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

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Bill Gates spoke about his divorce from Melinda French Gates at Allen & Co.’s billionaire-packed Sun Valley conference last week, sources told The New York Post on Monday.

In an “off-the-record” Q&A session, CNBC host Becky Quick asked the Microsoft founder about his divorce from French Gates, which the couple announced in May, according to one attendee.

“He fessed up to messing up,” the attendee said. “He basically referred to the fact that [the divorce] was his fault.

“He did seem a bit emotional about it,” the attendee said. “He might have been on the verge of tears.”

A second attendee told the Post that the private Q&A session was “very moving.”

Gates didn’t mention the word “affair” during the discussion, the first attendee said. The Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft had investigated Gates over 2019 claims he engaged in a sexual relationship with a staffer over a number of years.

Gates had affairs that were an open secret to those around him, Vanity Fair reported in June.

Microsoft and the The Gates Foundation directed the Post’s requests for comment to Gates Ventures, which declined to comment.

Insider contacted a Gates representative for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.

Sources at the conference told Fox Business that Gates was due to give a speech about climate change at the Sun Valley conference, also known as the “billionaire summer camp.”

Gates regularly attends the conference, hosted by private investment bank Allen & Co., but his appearance last week was the first time he’s been to an event in-person following the announcement of his divorce.

Microsoft insiders said in June that Gates was an office bully who flirted with other women.

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