Bill Gates' affairs were an open secret, and someone in Melinda's inner circle hired a private investigator before she filed for divorce, report says
Since Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates announced their divorce last month, reports have called into question the billionaire Microsoft founder's reputation as a nerdy do-gooder and detailed allegations that he engaged in inappropriate workplace relationships.
A report from Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman, Nick Bilton, and Emily Jane Fox published on Monday suggested that Gates' affairs were known to those around him — people close to Gates told the magazine that they weren't a secret.
Two sources also told Vanity Fair that someone in French Gates' inner circle had worked with a private investigator leading up to the divorce.
A spokesperson for French Gates told Insider that "neither Melinda nor anyone at her direction ever hired a private investigator."
In a statement responding to the Vanity Fair article, a spokesperson for Bill Gates told Insider: "It is extremely disappointing that there have been so many untruths published about the cause, the circumstances, and the timeline of Bill Gates's divorce."
"The rumors and speculation are becoming increasingly absurd and it's unfortunate that people who have little to no knowledge of the situation are being characterized as 'sources.'"
One former employee told Vanity Fair that they saw signs of Gates' cheating in the way he swapped cars at the office. They said that sometimes Gates would drive a Mercedes into work only to drive off an hour later in a golden-brown Porsche brought by his security personnel.