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Billionaire Bill Gates regrets meeting Jeffrey Epstein: report

'It was a huge mistake to spend time with him, to give him the credibility of being there'

Bill Gates | Microsoft | philanthropy

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

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Bill Gates

American business magnate has said it was a "huge mistake" that he met convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, clarifying that the gatherings were held only for his philanthropic initiatives, according to a media report on Friday.

Epstein, 66, was a well-know financier in the US, who in 2008 was convicted of engaging underage girls into prostitution. He has been accused of several other heinous crimes, including raping minor children. Epstein was found dead on August 10, 2019 while serving his jail sentence in New York, in a suspected suicide case.

Speaking to CNN, the 65-year-old founder of said: "It was a huge mistake to spend time with him, to give him the credibility of being there."

Gates told CNN that he met Epstein in the hopes of raising funds for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

"I had several dinners with him, you know, hoping that what he said about getting billions of for global health through contacts that he had might emerge. When it looked like that wasn't a real thing, that relationship ended," he said.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Fri, August 06 2021. 20:32 IST