Bill Gates broke down in tears as he admitted to “disturbing” his 27-year marriage to ex-wife Melinda French Gates during an annual billionaires camp.
According to one of the attendees, Gates “denied” that the divorce from Melinda was his fault.
Another attendee described the Q&A session, hosted by CNBC’s Becky Quick, at the Allen & Co. in Sun Valley, Idaho, last week was “very emotional.”
However, another source expressed disappointment when Gates refused to communicate with other attendees.
“Bill Gates has pretty much a bastard“The attendee was quoted as saying by the New York Post.
During the question and answer session, Gates, 65, did not consider “adultery” as a reason for divorce, Daily Mail reported.
Gates made the remarks after arriving late to the conference to attend an exclusive dinner hosted by former Allen & Co. President Herb Allen.
Other billionaires including Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg attended the camp, sources said.
Gates is seen walking and talking to Zuckerberg. He was also spotted by a paparazzo walking with Evan Greenberg, president and chief executive officer of insurance company Chubb Limited, Variety said.
Gates, who is worth $130 billion according to Forbes, stepped down as Microsoft CEO in 2014 but has attended the conference before.
After the divorce was announced, it became known that Gates had an “inappropriate” sexual relationship with a female employee in 2000 when he was still CEO of Microsoft.
Gates resigned while an investigation into the relationship was being investigated by the Microsoft board.
Meanwhile, Gates’ ex-wife was seen at the Zero Bond private club last week surrounded by six bodyguards and three black sport utility vehicles.
According to a veteran in the celebrity world, the size Gates’ Security Details Page Six reports are usually “only for people at the highest levels of government, or former presidents”.
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