Bill Gates, co-founder and former CEO of Microsoft, was apparently known for being a “womanizer” and throwing pool parties with naked strippers, even after he met soon-to-be ex-wife Melinda Gates.
Gates biographer James Wallace said the billionaire had a well-known “wild lifestyle,” but the press, namely The New York Times, passed on the salacious stories.
Media outlets “didn’t report on the wild bachelor parties that Microsoft’s boyish chairman would throw in his Seattle home, for which Gates would visit one of Seattle’s all-nude nightclubs and hire dancers to come to his home and swim naked with his friends in his indoor pool,” Wallace wrote in one of the two biographies he penned about Gates, the New York Post reported.
Apparently Gates liked to “frequent Boston’s notorious Combat Zone, with its porn shows, strip joints, and prostitutes” when he was at Harvard, the biographer noted.
After Gates met Melinda in 1988, the computer genius “continued to play the field,” Wallace claimed: “He continued to play the field for a while, especially when he was out of town on business, when he would frequently hit on female journalists who covered Microsoft and the company industry.”
Gates’ “womanizing was well known, although not well reported,” the author noted. Apparently the Times passed on such stories as to not stop “the flow of information” the paper was receiving from Gates.
Wallace emphasized to the Daily Mail on Monday that Gates “wasn’t just this little computer nerd. He did have a life back then. … A lot of those Microsoft kids back then, they were young guys in pizza-stained T-shirts for two or three days working on software code.”
“Then they would have some pretty wild parties, where they would go out and get strippers in Seattle and bring them over to Bill’s home,” the author added.
As highlighted by The Daily Wire last week, Gates reportedly had an agreement with Melinda for years that he could spend one weekend out of the year with his former girlfriend, Ann Winblad, at the beach:
Gates, 65, and Ann Winblad, 70, dated in the 80s but broke up in 1987, the year he met Melinda. …
TIME Magazine reported in 1997, “Gates has an arrangement with his wife that he and Winblad can keep one vacation tradition alive. Every spring, as they have for more than a decade, Gates spends a long weekend with Winblad at her beach cottage on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where they ride dune buggies, hang-glide and walk on the beach. ‘We can play putt-putt while discussing biotechnology,’ Gates says. Winblad puts it more grandly. ‘We share our thoughts about the world and ourselves,’ she says. ‘And we marvel about how, as two young overachievers, we began a great adventure on the fringes of a little-known industry and it landed us at the center of an amazing universe.’”
Related: Bill Gates Had Agreement With Wife He Could Spend One Weekend Each Year With Former Girlfriend