New details have emerged from the Wall Street Journal regarding Jeffrey Epstein’s calendar, which reportedly included meetings with four of the nation’s wealthiest men, including Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates. The meetings occurred in 2014, six years after Epstein pleaded guilty to soliciting and procuring a minor for prostitution and registered as a tier offender.
Aside from Gates, the wealthy group included Thomas Pritzker, Leon Black, and Mortimer Zuckerman. While Gates has admitted that meeting Epstein was a mistake, the others have either declined to comment or have not responded to requests for comment.
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The meetings between Gates and Epstein reportedly focused on philanthropy. However, conflicting accounts have surfaced. Barnaby Marsh, a philanthropist who advises the wealthy on their charitable giving, claimed that Epstein said he played a role in managing money for Gates, contradicting Gates’s efforts to downplay his ties to Epstein.
Although a spokeswoman for Gates maintained that Epstein and Gates met for philanthropic reasons, she also claimed that Epstein misrepresented their relationship. “As Bill has said many times before, it was a mistake to have ever met with him and he deeply regrets it,” she said. “Jeffrey Epstein never managed money or anything else for Mr. Gates.”
These revelations raise questions about the motivations and judgment of wealthy individuals who associated with Epstein after he became a registered tier offender. Gates acknowledged the mistake of meeting with Epstein, stating, “I made a mistake ever meeting with Jeffrey Epstein.”
Epstein’s connections extended to other influential individuals as well. William Burns, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency since 2021, had three scheduled meetings with Epstein in 2014 when he was deputy secretary of state. Former President Bill Clinton also welcomed Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell to the White House in 1993, after Epstein donated to the Oval Office’s refurbishment.
These findings suggest that Epstein’s connections to powerful and wealthy individuals were more extensive than previously known. It raises questions about the judgment of those who continued associating with Epstein after his criminal convictions. Additionally, it underscores the need for transparency and accountability in billionaire philanthropy.
As more details emerge, the public will continue scrutinizing the decisions made by influential figures who chose to associate with Epstein. This scrutiny should lead to a reevaluation of wealthy individuals’ role in shaping society through their allegedly philanthropic endeavors.