Before Bill Gates was known as an elitist nerd masquerading as a leading vaccine expert, the Microsoft co-founder was a hard-partying womanizer who recruited local strippers to attend naked pool parties, and had major issues with infidelity even after marrying Melinda, according to a biography.
The Microsoft co-founder’s wild lifestyle was well known among his inner circle — but newspapers like the New York Times hid the unflattering reports to continue getting “spoon-fed stories,” James Wallace wrote in the 1997 biography, “Overdrive: Bill Gates and the Race to Control Cyberspace.”
They “didn’t report on the wild bachelor parties that Microsoft’s boyish chairman would throw in his Seattle home, for which Gates would visit one of Seattle’s all-nude nightclubs and hire dancers to come to his home and swim naked with his friends in his indoor pool,” Wallace wrote.
It was a continuation from his time at Harvard, where he “did like to frequent Boston’s notorious Combat Zone, with its porn shows, strip joints, and prostitutes,” Wallace wrote. -NY Post
What's more, Bill continued acting like a bachelor even after he started dating future wife Melinda in 1988.
"He continued to play the field for a while, especially when he was out of town on business, when he would frequently hit on female journalists who covered Microsoft and the company industry," writes Wallace. "His womanizing was well known, although not well reported."
Melinda, who filed for divorce last week after 27 years of marriage which included her husband's friendship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, "was well aware of Gates’s womanizing" even after they were in a relationship. The couple "ran hot and cold," wrote the biographer, adding that they "broke up for nearly a year" because Gates wouldn't commit.
"When they got back together again in 1992, however, the relationship grew closer and stronger," he wrote.
One of Gates' exes, Ann Winblad, continued having 'weekends away' with the Microsoft executive even after marrying Melinda in 1994.
"A relationship with Bill early on is a test. Are you smart enough? Do you have enough common sense? Can you make the grade? Are you athletic enough?," Winblad told Wallace, who said Gates asked her opinion on Melinda before settling down.
"Melinda is Bill’s pick. He could have chosen any woman as a wife for life. He has chosen her, and that means she is an exceptional woman," Winblad added.
Another ex, Jill Bennett — described as his “first serious girlfriend” — said they split because of Gates’ fixation with working long hours.
“In the end, it was difficult to sustain a relationship with someone who could boast a ‘seven-hour turnaround’ — meaning that from the time he left Microsoft to the time he returned in the morning was a mere seven hours,” she told Wallace. -NY Post
Longtime Gates friend and former Microsoft executive Vern Raburn agreed with the biography's take on Bill - telling the Daily Mail that there was "infidelity' during Gates' early relationship with Melinda.
"Being naked in a pool is no big deal," said Raeburn, but "there’s a difference between being naked in a pool with a whole bunch of other people, and being naked in a pool with somebody else, or in a bed with somebody else."
According to Wallace, now 74, Gates "wasn't a choir boy back then."
"A lot of those Microsoft kids back then, they were young guys in pizza-stained T-shirts for two or three days working on software code," added the biographer. "Then they would have some pretty wild parties, where they would go out and get strippers in Seattle and bring them over to Bill’s home."
In short, when rich kid Bill Gates wasn't burning the midnight oil cobbling together 'borrowed' software for DOS and Windows, he was a hard-partying bachelor who had a tough time giving it up for Melinda. Now he's a self-appointed vaccine czar whose wife is leaving after his years-long friendship with a pedophile spilled into the public.