Bill Gates has been hiding from the fallout over his divorce at an ultra-exclusive California golf club for several months.
Bill Gates, 65, is ensuring to get some privacy from the press amidst his $150 billion divorce from his wife of 27 years, Melinda Gates, 56. According to a source who spoke to Page Six, the Microsoft founder has been staying at The Vintage Club, an ultra-exclusive golf club in Indian Wells, California, for about “three months.” The stunning 712-acre property bills itself as “one of the United States’ most prestigious and ultra-exclusive private country club communities,” with stunning photos taken on-site to back it up, according to Hollywood Life.
“Bill clearly saw this divorce coming for a long time because he’s been there for around three months,” a source exclusively told Page Six.
Bill was spotted this week at The Vintage Club with his 25-year-old daughter Jennifer Gates and her fiancé, Egyptian millionaire Nayel Nassar.
Gates owns a private home on the property, which also boasts members such as billionaires Charles Koch, Philip Anshultz, and Dennis Washington.
The club’s website features stunning photographs of the property as well as details about its past and how to enter. It costs $250,000 to enter, and the homes vary in price from $2.3 million to $20 million. It includes an 85,000-square-foot clubhouse in the heart of the resort and restaurants, a spa, and two 18-hole golf courses.
In 1990, Bill reportedly paid $12.5 million for his home at the club. It’s a 13,573-square-foot home with six bedrooms and nine bathrooms near a beautiful golf course.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Melinda Gates met with divorce attorneys for two years before filing for divorce, claiming that their 27-year marriage was “irretrievably broken.” One cause of her concern was allegedly Bill’s past encounters with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The soon-to-be ex-wife announced in court papers filed near their home in Bellevue, Washington, that she is not seeking spousal help from Bill’s $130 billion fortune.
“[The Vintage Club] is the perfect place for Bill to hide out from anyone who wants to question him about his divorce or his alleged ties to Epstein,” Page Six‘s source said about the reason Bill’s hiding out.
In a 2019 interview with the Wall Street Journal, when he was asked about his relationship with Epstein, Bill said, “I met him. I didn’t have any business relationship or friendship with him.”
Gates’ spokesperson, Bridgitt Arnold, said in 2019 that the tech mogul and Epstein had met many times to talk about philanthropy. She said at the time that “Bill Gates regrets ever meeting with Epstein and recognizes it was an error in judgment to do so.”