Transcript for Melinda Gates reportedly began divorce discussions back in 2019
We are back with new details about the divorce of bill and Melinda Gates. Melinda has been talking to lawyers about ending the marriage since 2019. Kaylee Hartung has the story. Good morning, Kaylee. Reporter: Good morning, the couple who built an empire together, they have been very private about what led them to split, but this new reporting, it's pointing to Bill Gates' alleged relationship with Jeffrey Epstein as a reason why Melinda Gates called divorce this morning, according to sources and documents reviewed by "The Wall Street journal," the shocking divorce between Melinda and Bill Gates has been nearly two years in the making. These are two billionaires that were working with extensie legal teams over many months. Melinda Gates had been meeting with lawyers since at least 2019. Reporter: A week ago the couple announcing their split with little detail, only saying through a joint statement that after a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we've made the decision to end our marriage. But now sources tell the journal Melinda first turned to divorce attorneys as her husband's connection to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein became public. Melinda Gates' lawyers were having multiple calls right around the time "The New York Times" published an article detailing the extent of bill Gates' relationship to Jeffrey Epstein. We know this is a source of Reporter: A spokesman for bill saying the tech titan stands by the statement he gave "The journal" in 2019 saying, I met him. I didn't have any business relationship or friendship with him. According to "The journal," Melinda had concerns about Epstein as far as 2018. They met together with Jeffrey Epstein in 2013. Our understanding from a source is that Melinda Gates was frustrated and unhappy about that meeting and shared that sentiment with Bill Gates. Bill Gates continued meeting with Jeffrey Epstein, as did Gates' foundation employees. Reporter: In her filing, Melinda called the marriage irretrievably broken, and they began to distance themselves in early 2020, when they didn't attend something they had for years. They will split their estimated $130 billion fortune. And the Gates didn't respond to our request for comment, but keep in mind, the couple's assets go far beyond the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Yes, there are jets and sports cars and incredible homes, but who gets that rare Leonardo da Vinci notebook? Good question, but at the end of the day, they're just people like us.
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