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Inside Jeffrey Epstein, Bill Gates' relationship, late financier's final 'f— you' to the tech boss: report
August 8, 2021
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Bill Gates’ relationship with Jeffrey Epstein might have more layers than many originally thought with more details emerging about the depth of their connection.
According to Rolling Stone, one alleged "protégé" of the deceased financier – a neuroscientist and neurosurgeon named Melanie S. Walker – may be a vital link to the pair as she had eventually become a "mentee" of Epstein’s after he allegedly encouraged her to forego a modeling opportunity and finish medical school instead. Walker served as a top adviser to Gates at his foundation before landing at the World Bank.
Per the outlet, the Gates Foundation had placed Walker at the World Bank as part of a "secondment," an arrangement that allowed the foundation to pay Walker’s salary despite the fact she worked for the bank.
Walker had graduated from the University of Texas in 1992 and six months later would meet Epstein at the famed Plaza Hotel during a sightseeing trip to New York City. At the time, Epstein was an adviser to Leslie Wexner, owner of Victoria’s Secret, according to The New York Times, which maintained that Walker was one of the intermediaries who would go on to liaise between Gates and Epstein.
Rolling Stone cited a source who claimed Epstein had approached Walker simply because he thought she was attractive.
Through the years 1992-2000, which was the period in which Walker was reportedly attending medical school in Texas, she had a listed address in a New York apartment building that Epstein owned.
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The report indicated, per a source familiar with the arrangement, that the address on file was one that Walker did not use as a residence but for occasional meetings.
However, it wasn’t until 1998 that Epstein reportedly hired Walker as his "Science Adviser" while she was pursuing a post-doctoral degree at the California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech), according to Rolling Stone. Per the outlet, sources relayed that Walker allegedly felt a "deep gratitude" toward Epstein, for his guidance and the job he had given her.
Epstein placed Walker in a prime position to introduce him to faculty members in and around Cal Tech as Epstein was reportedly interested in potentially funding projects out of the guild, a source said, recalling that they had met Walker during a dinner at Epstein’s home in New York and at the time, her relationship with the now-convicted sexual predator appeared only professional on the surface.
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An insider with knowledge of the alleged personal connection between Walker and Epstein pressed to Rolling Stone that it was around this time that Walker had become close friends with Prince Andrew, however, the link didn’t come through Epstein. The insider added that Walker had received a spare ticket to a Broadway show via another friend and ended up sitting next to Andrew.