Bill Gates has been seen in public for the first time since his ex-wife Melinda claimed that he had multiple affairs during their marriage in a bombshell interview.
The Microsoft co-founder, 66, sat in the stands on Tuesday to watch the Eisenhower Cup during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California.
The billionaire appeared to be in good spirits as he was seen chatting and laughing with two female friends as he watched the charity tennis match, which kicked off on International Women’s Day.
Last week, Melinda said Bill’s 2000 affair with a Microsoft employee broke the ‘trust’ in their marriage as she spoke for the first time since their 2021 divorce.
In the tell-all interview, she spoke candidly about sobbing on the floor as her marriage fell apart, adding that she never thought it would end in divorce. Bill has not spoken publicly about their split.
Bill Gates has been seen in public during the BNP Paribas Open (pictured) for the first time since his ex-wife Melinda claimed that he had multiple affairs during their marriage
The Microsoft co-founder, 66, sat in the stands on Tuesday to watch the Eisenhower Cup during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California
The billionaire appeared to be in good spirits as he was seen chatting and laughing with two female friends
The Eisenhower Cup, which debuted in 2019, was a one-night $ 150,000 winner-take-all tennis event and saw Naomi Osaka, Paula Badosa, Simona Halep, Aryna Sabalenka, Maria Sakkari, Ons Jabeur, Amanda Anisimova and Leylah Fernandez compete.
But it was two-time WTA Tour winner Amanda Anisimova who won 10-7 in the championship match over Maria Sakkari during the charity tournament, which saw all ticket proceeds go to local women’s charities.
Bill’s appearance at the tennis event came after his ex-wife Melinda, 57, suggested he had more than one affair throughout their 27-year-marriage in a bombshell interview.
‘Those are questions Bill needs to answer,’ she told CBS Mornings 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 di lei 2000 affair di lei 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. ‘
She admitted that the affair ‘broke’ the trust in their marriage, adding that it is ‘very hard’ to get trust back in a relationship.
A spokesman for Bill previously acknowledged that he had an affair, but that it had nothing to do with him stepping down from the board at Microsoft in 2020.
‘There was an affair almost 20 years ago which ended amicably.
Bill and his two friends watched the charity tennis match, which kicked off on International Women’s Day and raised funds for local women’s charities
The Eisenhower Cup, which debuted in 2019, was a one-night $ 150,000 winner-take-all tennis event. Pictured: Bill watches the tennis tournament with two friends
‘Bill’s decision to transition off the board was in no way related to this matter. In fact, he had expressed an interest in spending more time on his philanthropy di lui starting several years earlier, ‘a spokesman told The Wall Street Journal last year.
In the tell-all interview, Melinda also said she was in ‘tears’ about the divorce moments before having to attend a Gates foundation meeting, and told of how she is dating again.
‘I hope that happens for me again. I am dipping my toe in the water a little bit, ‘she said, adding that she’ definitely ‘wants to be in love again.
She said dating was ‘interesting at this point’ but did not give any additional details.
Melinda also said thatdespite the couple going through their divorce behind the scenes, they were still able to work ‘effectively together’.
‘Even during the difficult times in the last 18 months while we were going through this process behind the scenes, we were able to show up and work effectively together.
‘I’m not saying it was easy but I’m saying for me I had days where I had tears the hour before an online meeting or I’d be angry but I still rose to be my higher self and I think we can continue to do that. ‘
It comes after his ex-wife Melinda (pictured), 57, suggested he had more than one affair throughout their 27-year-marriage in her first interview since their divorce last year
She said the pair are not yet ‘friends’ but are ‘friendly’.
Melinda also revealed she spent ‘many days’ crying on the floor while she was working ‘through’ the divorce.
‘I think it’s really important to say, look, I had a lot of tears for many days, I mean days where I’m literally lying on the floor on the carpet … thinking,’ How can this be? How can I get up? How am I going to move forward? ” She revealed.
Melinda also trashed her ex-husband for his questionable friendship with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and revealed that he continued to meet with him despite her having ‘nightmares’ about him.
Melinda admitted she insisted on meeting Epstein back in 2011 because she wanted to see ‘who this man was’.
‘[Epstein] was abhorrent, evil personified. I had nightmares about it afterwards. That’s why my heart breaks for these young women. That’s how I felt, and I am an older woman. He was awful. ‘
Bill has said in the past that meeting with Epstein multiple times was a ‘huge’ mistake and error in judgment.
The interview, where Melinda addressed Bill’s his 2000 affair with a Microsoft employee, was filmed at the offices of Melinda’s new company, Pivotal Ventures, in Seattle
Bill and Melinda were married for 27 years before announcing their split last May. They are pictured during the Robin Hood Foundation’s benefit at Jacob Javitz Center on May 14, 2018
The interview was filmed at the offices of Melinda’s new company, Pivotal Ventures, in Seattle.
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.
The terms of it were never made public but Bill was worth around $ 152billion at the time, giving Melinda a 50 percent settlement of $ 76billion. That does not include the couple’s vast property portfolio which comprised of homes in New York, Washington, and California.
While Bill and Melinda have remained silent about what prompted their split, just weeks after their announcement, the Microsoft founder was rocked by several accusations that he behaved inappropriately towards female employees at the tech company.
In May 2021, multiple reports surfaced claiming the billionaire pursued extramarital affairs with women working at Microsoft; that same month, Bill’s spokesperson confirmed that he’d had an affair with a female staff member in 2000, while he was married to Melinda.
The ex-couple, who share three kids (pictured), had not previously publicly spoken out about the split, however Bill is reported to have blamed himself in an off-the-record Q&A session back in July
Bill was CEO of the company at the time. It is not clear what position or level of seniority the employee was.
The affair stayed a secret until 2019 when the employee wrote a letter to the board detailing what had happened and allegedly asking that Melinda read it. The company opened an investigation into the claims.
While the investigation was still ongoing in March 2020, Bill shocked the business world by announcing he was resigning from his position on the company board.
The same day Bill stood down from the board of Berkshire Hathaway, run by his friend Warren Buffet.
Then, in June of last year, he announced that he was stepping down from the board of the Gates Foundation, which he and Melinda founded together, and which she continues to play an active role in as co-chair of the board.
Although Bill has never spoken publicly about the split, he is reported to have told attendees at the Sun Valley conference in Idaho in July that the divorce was ‘his fault’.
In the seven months since their divorce was finalized, the former couple has put on an amicable display, coming together in October last year to host the wedding of their eldest child Jennifer, who tied the knot with Egyptian equestrian Nayel Nassar in a lavish ceremony at her 142-acre estate in North Salem, New York.