Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates, 67, met Russian Bridge player Mila Antonova in 2010, when the latter was in her 20s. The duo allegedly had an affair, and the convicted sexual offender and US financier Jeffrey Epstein reportedly threatened to 'expose' Bill Gates over his extramarital affair in 2017.
- According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, convicted sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein appeared to have blackmailed and threatened Gates over his affair with the Russian Bridge player.
- Sources who knew about this, said that once Epstein found out about the multi-billionaire's affair with Mila Antonova, he threatened Gates to reimburse the former as Epstein had paid the tuition costs for Antonova to attend software coding school.
- After finding out about the alleged affair, Epstein sought to threaten Gates via an email that he sent to Gates in 2017. As per the WSJ sources, this email came when US financier was unable to convince Microsoft co-founder to join a multi billion-dollar charity fund he had attempted to set up.
- In 2010, Bill Gates met Mila Antonova (at the time he was still married to Melinda Gates) and the two shared an interest in playing Bridge.
- In an old YouTube video dating back to 2010, Mila Antonova mentioned Gates and recounted a tournament that she played with him, saying, "I didn’t beat him but I tried to kick him with my leg."
Epstein blackmailing Gates
- Following Epstein's sex-crimes conviction, where he had to plead guilty to soliciting and procuring a minor for prostitution in 2008, he was trying to rebuild his image and reputation in the public eye.
- In order to do so and to control the damage to his reputation, Epstein hoped to create a multi-billion doll charitable foundation and was dependent on obtaining support from Gates.
- In his efforts to secure foundation with JP Morgan Chase, Epstein was reportedly using Bill Gates's name and tried to come off as a close adviser to Gates in the emails sent to JP Morgan Chase executives (even though the Microsoft co-founder was not included in the emails).
- Both Gates and the bank refused to work with Epstein, and WSJ reported that a Gates's spokesperson “said Epstein never worked for Gates and misrepresented their ties in communications with JP Morgan and others”.
- In order to get back at Gates, Epstein sent an email in 2017 (years after the alleged affair between Gates and Antonova had ended) asking Gates to pay him back for Antonova's studies and indicated (the tone of the email) that he was attempting to blackmail and threaten Gates to expose Bill Gates's alleged secret relationship.
How Mila Antonova met Jeffrey Epstein
- According to the information reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Antonova was seeking to establish an online Bridge tutorial business for which she required funds, it is for this reason that she met Epstein.
- Bill Gates's confidant, Boris Nikolic, had reportedly introduced Antonova to Epstein for the purpose that Epstein could sponsor her business venture.
- In 2013, the US financier agreed to meet her at his Manhattan townhouse. Although, Epstein passed on this project, he agreed to pay for Mila's software engineer studies.
- Antonova told WSJ: “I don’t know why he did that,” and she went on to say, “When I asked, he said something like, he was wealthy and wanted to help people when he could.”
- Epstein, also provided an apartment for Mila to stay at in New York City in 2014. Mila revealed that she did not speak to Epstein or communicated with anyone else during her brief stay.