Bill Gates and Melinda announced the end of their 27-year marriage together, leaving the public saddened. Recently, the media have uncovered the news behind the Gates couple’s divorce, but also made the public interested in this “divorce of the century”.
First, the gossip site TMZ said that the two sides were not “peacefully separated” as stated in the official announcement, but were full of arguments and divisions, but everyone sided with Melinda. Then People magazine revealed that the Gateses had an unpleasant meeting with Jeffrey Epstein in 2013 and that Melinda Gates was “furious” afterwards.
Now, the New York Post has unearthed what biographer James Wallace wrote in his 1997 book: Behind the image of the tech titan, the real Bill Gates lived a life of debauchery.
The book, titled Overdrive: Bill Gates and the Race to Control Cyberspace, mentions that Bill Gates would throw wild bachelor parties at his Seattle home and hire dancers to swim naked in the pool at his house, and that his crazy lifestyle was well known in his small circle, but media outlets like the New York Times kept it a secret. The New York Times concealed these reports.
The book mentions that this lifestyle was a continuation of Bill Gates’ time at Harvard, when he enjoyed frequenting Boston’s red-light district. Even after he and his future wife Melinda started dating in 1988, this lifestyle did not end for him. Especially when he traveled, he would also often flirt with female journalists who covered Microsoft and the company’s industry.
The author also reveals in the book that Melinda was well aware of “each other’s affairs” after she started dating Gates, so the relationship was hot and cold. In the middle, because Gates refused to commit, the two broke up for almost a year, but after reuniting again in 1992, the relationship between the two sides became close and strong.
The book also features interviews with Gates’ ex-girlfriend Ann Winblad, some of which have long been known to the public, including the fact that Gates asked her advice before getting married.
The book’s powerful content has certainly flipped the image of Bill Gates as a “nerd” in the public mind for a long time. For example, in 2014, he also said on his social media account: Some people may call you a nerd, but I take that label as a source of pride.
In the latest interview, James Wallace, author of the book, added that Bill Gates was not a “choir boy” in the early days of Microsoft.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, James Wallace said that many of the early members of Microsoft were young people who spent two or three days writing code and then had some crazy parties.
The book’s description was confirmed by Gates’ old friend and former Microsoft executive Vern Raburn, who said in an interview with the Daily Mail that Bill Gates did enjoy such a life when he was young, and did so when he first started dating Melinda.