Bill Gates took to Reddit for an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) session on Friday, where he answered all kinds of questions about vaccines, fake meat, and his favorite fighter Mortal Kombat (he’s never played ).
A question he completely ignored, however, his relationship with the notorious and now dead pedophile, Jeffrey Epstein. – with whom he met at least six times, including visits to Epstein’s recently sold Manhattan mansion on “multiple occasions,” stay at least once in the night, according to New York Times.
Meanwhile, Gates’ adviser Boris Nikolic (pictured below) was named executor in an amended will by Epstein days before his 2019 death in a Manhattan jail cell.
Several Redditors took the opportunity to ask Bill to explain himself.
“Thanks for doing this again. First up – big fan of your humble rags-to-riches journey in which you unexpectedly rose up from a wealthy, well-connected family and used predatory patents to profit from state-funded work to resell them to the public. Very inspiring! ”Asks the user proahteane, which followed the complement with:
“Aside from the platitudes, my question is: why did you meet Jeffrey Epstein after his first conviction? What might you have to discuss with a prolific pedophile eugenist?”
And while the question was 12th most voted, Gates completely ignored him, while answering more than two dozen lower ranked questions.
Meanwhile, Gates Foundation employees also visited Epstein’s mansion on several occasions, while Epstein also “ spoke with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and JPMorgan Chase about a charitable fund project of several billion dollars – an arrangement that had the potential to generate huge costs for Mr. Epstein,” according to Times.
In late 2011, on Mr. Gates’ instructions, the foundation sent a team to Mr. Epstein’s home to have a preliminary talk on philanthropic fundraising, according to three people in attendance. Mr Epstein told his guests that if they search the internet for his name they might conclude that he was a bad person, but that what he had done – soliciting prostitution of a minor – was no worse than “stealing a bagel”, two of the people said. -NYT
How Gates and Epstein met, according to New York Times;
Two members of Mr. Gates’ inner circle – Boris Nikolic and Melanie Walker – were close to Mr. Epstein and sometimes served as an intermediary between the two men.
Ms Walker met Mr Epstein in 1992, six months after graduating from the University of Texas. Mr Epstein, who was an advisor to Mr Wexner, the owner of Victoria’s Secret, told Ms Walker he could land her an audition for a modeling job there., according to Ms. Walker. She then moved to New York City and stayed in a Manhattan apartment building owned by Mr. Epstein. After graduating from medical school, she said, Mr Epstein hired her as a science advisor in 1998.
Ms Walker later met Steven Sinofsky, a senior executive at Microsoft who became president of his Windows division, and moved to Seattle to be with him. In 2006, she joined the Gates Foundation with the title of Senior Program Officer.
At the foundation, Ms. Walker met and befriended Mr. Nikolic, originally from what is now Croatia and a former Harvard Medical School scholar who was the foundation’s scientific advisor. Mr. Nikolic and Mr. Gates frequently traveled and socialized together.
Ms Walker, who had kept in close contact with Mr Epstein, introduced him to Mr Nikolic, and the men became friendly.
Mr. Epstein and Mr. Gates first met face to face on the evening of January 31, 2011, at Mr. Epstein’s home on the Upper East Side. They were joined by Dr Eva Andersson-Dubin, a former Miss Sweden who Mr Epstein had once dated, and her 15-year-old daughter. (Dr Andersson-Dubin’s husband, hedge fund billionaire Glenn Dubin, was a friend and business associate of Mr Epstein. The Dubins declined to comment.)
The rally began at 8 a.m. and lasted for several hours, according to Ms Arnold, spokeswoman for Mr Gates. Mr Epstein then bragged about the meeting in emails to friends and associates. “Bill is awesome,” he wrote in an article, reviewed by The Times.
“I haven’t been to New Mexico, Florida, Palm Beach or any of that,” says Gates. “There were people around him who were like, hey, if you want to fundraise for global health and get more philanthropy, he knows a lot of rich people.”
And it looks like Gates was one of Epstein’s “rich people”. According to the report, Gates donated $ 2 million to MIT’s Media Lab, which university officials described as “run” by Epstein.
According to Arnold, a spokesperson for Gates, “Over time, Gates and his team realized that Epstein’s abilities and ideas were not legitimate and that all contact with Epstein was cut off.”
Maybe “Gates and his team” should have avoided the known pedophile in the first place?
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After Gates responds, via Bloomberg:
Bill Gates is in favor of raising some taxes, but says some proposals seem to go too far. “Taxes are a big problem. The government needs to do more – healthcare costs, recovery from a pandemic, climate investments, generosity of foreign aid… So I pushed for higher taxes. I disagree with some proposals that seem to go too far, ”the billionaire said in an“ Ask Me Anything ”question-and-answer session on Reddit on Friday. The comment follows a recent wealth tax proposal from Senator Elizabeth Warren that called for a 2% annual tax on households and trusts worth between $ 50 million and $ 1 billion. Any net worth over $ 1 billion would be taxed at 3%. The Microsoft co-founder did not specifically mention any tax proposal in his Q&A. Gates, who is the third richest person in the world according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, also said that a higher property tax can be an effective tool for generating income and avoiding dynastic wealth.
More key quotes:
- On crypto mining:
- “I have a lot of issues with anonymous money transfer versus assigned systems where you can dispute and void transactions and make sure taxes are paid. Electricity consumption is just a problem. We need digital currency, but without these overheads. “
- On the universal basic income:
- “Today, we provide income for people with disabilities in many countries. The question is whether we can afford to do this for everyone. We get richer as we innovate, but I wonder if we are rich enough to discourage good people from working. Over time, we have been more generous and we will be more generous. The discussion on this subject is very interesting but it boils down to numbers… ”
- On disinformation, disinformation and fake news:
- “Some false information is more interesting than the truth, so digital channels seem to amplify echo chambers with bad facts. I haven’t seen as much creativity on how we solve this problem as we need to. “
- On climate denial:
- “The damage in the past was enormous. Now that the oil companies have stopped funding these things, I think climate denial will decrease. There are issues with how we go about reducing emissions, but I hope all young people agree that this is a critical goal. “
- If nothing is done about climate change:
- “It gets worse over time and natural ecosystems are disappearing. Migration away from unliveable areas around the equator will be massive. We won’t be able to support a large population if it is much hotter. “
- To achieve net zero emissions by 2050:
- “There is more public support than ever to take big steps to avert a climate catastrophe. It is inspiring to see governments and businesses around the world setting ambitious emission reduction targets. The global power to invent makes me optimistic. “
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