The late child sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, acted as an intermediary between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Bill Gates, channeling “anonymously” a large donation made by Microsoft’s founding philanthropist to Media Lab.
The event occurred after Epstein pleaded guilty to state charges of sexual exploitation and child pimping in 2008, promised to compensate the victims, and registered as a sex offender, with the goal of avoiding federal charges and a possible life sentence. As a result, MIT disqualified him in its official donor database.
However, according to dozens of emails and other documents published by the New Yorker, Epstein seemed to continue to serve as an “anonymous” connection between Media Lab and other wealthy donors, such as billionaire Bill Gates or investor Leo Black, and even donated more than $2 million out of his own pocket.
Records obtained by the New Yorker, along with testimonies from MIT staff, indicated that Epstein may have obtained external contributions of at least $7.5 million in laboratory donations: $2 million from Gates and $5.5 million from Black.
These donations are referred to as “directed” by Epstein or made at his behest, in an email exchange between the director of MIT’s Media Lab, Joichi Ito—who resigned days after the publication of this investigation—and then director of Development and Strategy, Peter F. Cohen.
“This is a $2M gift from Bill Gates directed by Jeffrey Epstein,” Ito wrote. “For gift recording purposes, we will not be mentioning Jeffrey’s name as the impetus for this gift,” Cohen replied.
“A friend of his”
Finally, according to the New Yorker, the mandatory record of the donation was filed as follows: “Gates is making this gift at the recommendation of a friend of his who wishes to remain anonymous.”
However, a Gates spokesman denied the intermediation, describing as false “any claim that Epstein directed any programmatic or personal grantmaking for Bill Gates,” and he also assured that Gates had no personal relationship with the deceased.
Also, “Gates has previously denied receiving financial advisory services from Epstein,” contrary to what was recently reported by some sources quoting CNBC.
Sources explained that the two men met in New York in 2013, while Gates was still president of Microsoft, to “discuss ways to increase philanthropic spending,” after Epstein served his 13-month sentence.
Still, Epstein once claimed to be Gates’s unofficial financial adviser, according to the The Epoch Times.
Gates has not wanted to give any explanation about the trip he made in August 2013 in Epstein’s private plane.
It was also reported that former President Bill Clinton, for his part, traveled on the “Lolita Express” at least 26 times.
Epstein was found dead in his cell last month while waiting to be prosecuted again for allegedly running a child trafficking and sexual exploitation network, which had links to heads of state, top-level businessmen, and even members of British royalty, such as Prince Andrew.