Bill Gates opened up about his messy divorce with Melinda Gates at Allen & Co.’s so-called “summer camp for billionaires,” held early in July 2021. He was reportedly full of remorse and almost on the verge of tears.
When Bill was asked about the end of his 27-year-long marriage during an off-record Q&A, he confessed that he may have been responsible for it. “He fessed up to messing up,” an even attendee told the New York Post. “He basically referred to the fact that it [the divorce] was his fault.” The source also claimed that Bill seemed “a bit emotional” about the mess and “might have been on the verge of tears.” However, he did not refer to the word “affair” while talking about the end of his almost three-decade-long marriage with Melinda. The publication’s sources also revealed that Bill wasn’t in the best humor during the event and showed little interest in talking to attendees who would come up to him. “Bill Gates was pretty much a total a**hole,” an event attendee told the outlet.
Bill’s speculated affair has also impacted his position in Microsoft — a company that he shaped up to reach unfathomable heights. Per The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft Corp. Board members decided that he should step down from the board in 2020 following an investigation of his romantic relationship with a female Microsoft employee. A spokesperson for Bill said that his decision to step down was unrelated.