Originally published May 22, 2023 7:09 am PDT
In a twist of recent events, new information has come to light that embroiled sex offender and financier Jeffrey Epstein seemed to use knowledge of an affair involving globalist Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, as leverage.
The alleged affair took place with Mila Antonova, a Russian bridge player.
Epstein was reportedly trying to persuade Gates to participate in a large charitable fund he was setting up with JPMorgan Chase, according to an in-depth report by The Wall Street Journal.
According to inside sources, Gates initially met Antonova around 2010, with Epstein encountering her in 2013.
Epstein eventually sponsored Antonova’s education at a software coding school.
However, when he asked Gates for reimbursement in 2017, it was interpreted by several as a veiled threat to disclose the affair if Gates discontinued their connection.
A representative for Gates stated that Gates “met with Epstein solely for philanthropic purposes. Having failed repeatedly to draw Mr. Gates beyond these matters, Epstein tried unsuccessfully to leverage a past relationship to threaten Mr. Gates.”
Epstein, who faced charges of sex trafficking and died in 2019 while awaiting trial, is known for his extensive network, which included business magnates, politicians, academics, and celebrities.
Gates, a World Economic Forum (WEF) partner, was no exception and was frequently found on Epstein’s calendar.
Records indicate that from 2011, Gates had numerous meetings with Epstein, including flights on his private plane and dinners at his New York residence.
Gates, a fan of the card game bridge, had crossed paths with Antonova, who herself was an enthusiast and founder of a bridge club in the U.S.
In 2010, Antonova was working on an online business, BridgePlanet, to teach bridge.
Boris Nikolic, a former Gates confidant and science adviser, introduced her to Epstein for possible funding, according to documents viewed by The Wall Street Journal.
“I deeply regret that I ever met Epstein,” Nikolic said. “His crimes were despicable. I never saw anything like his illegal behavior. My heart goes out to his victims and their families.”
Epstein didn’t invest in BridgePlanet but he later funded Antonova’s coding school.
She said of Epstein, “When I asked, he said something like, he was wealthy and wanted to help people when he could.”
During this time, Epstein was seeking to create a multibillion-dollar charitable fund through JPMorgan.
Epstein hoped that Gates’s support would be pivotal for the fund’s success.
However, the Gates spokeswoman stated Epstein misrepresented their ties in communications with JPMorgan and others.
Epstein’s ambitions never materialized as his efforts to secure a commitment from Gates for the charitable fund were unsuccessful.
When Epstein reached out to Gates in 2017 to reimburse Antonova’s coding school, his email was interpreted as a threat to expose Gates’s past affair.
“Mr. Gates had no financial dealings with Epstein,” a spokeswoman for Gates stated, indicating no payment was made.
Epstein, in an unexpected move, named Nikolic as a backup executor in his will just days before his death.
“He couldn’t have listed Bill because that would have been too obvious, so he chose me,” Nikolic said. He believes it was likely a retaliatory move against Gates.
The new revelations about Epstein and Gates add another layer to their intricate relationship and provide deeper insights into Epstein’s modus operandi.