Behind his picture as a straight-laced tech mogul, Bill Gates was infamous for throwing bare pool events with strippers and being a “womanizer” — even after assembly future wife Melinda, in keeping with a biography.
The Microsoft co-founder’s wild way of life was well-known amongst his internal circle — however newspapers just like the New York Times hid the unflattering reviews to proceed getting “spoon-fed stories,” James Wallace wrote in the 1997 biography, “Overdrive: Bill Gates and the Race to Control Cyberspace.”
They “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.
It was a continuation from his time at Harvard the place he “did like to frequent Boston’s notorious Combat Zone, with its porn shows, strip joints, and prostitutes,” Wallace wrote.
And Gates’ bachelor way of life didn’t finish when he began courting future spouse Melinda French in 1988, Wallace wrote within the biography, one in all two he has penned about Gates.
“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,” the writer wrote.
“His womanizing was well known, although not well reported,” Wallace wrote, singling out the Times for not wanting “the flow of information to stop” from the pc guru.
Melinda — who final week filed for divorce after 27 years of marriage — “was well aware of Gates’s womanizing” even after they began courting, Wallace insisted.
“Consequently their relationship ran hot and cold,” he wrote, including that the couple “broke up for nearly a year” due to Gates’ refusal to commit.
“When they got back together again in 1992, however, the relationship grew closer and stronger,” he wrote.
The e-book included interviews with a few of Gates’ exes, together with Ann Winblad, whom he continued having weekends away with even after marrying Melinda in 1994.
Gates even requested his ex for her opinion on Melinda earlier than he settled down, with Winblad describing it as his future spouse passing a “test” relatively than being a “serendipitous choice.”
“A relationship with Bill early on is a test. Are you smart enough? Do you have enough common sense? Can you make the grade? Are you athletic enough?” she informed Wallace in his e-book.
“Melinda is Bill’s pick. He could have chosen any woman as a wife for life. He has chosen her, and that means she is an exceptional woman,” Winblad stated.
Another ex, Jill Bennett — described as his “first serious girlfriend” — stated they cut up due to Gates’ fixation with working lengthy hours.
“In the end, it was difficult to sustain a relationship with someone who could boast a ‘seven-hour turnaround’ — meaning that from the time he left Microsoft to the time he returned in the morning was a mere seven hours,” she informed Wallace.
Former Microsoft government Vern Raburn agreed with the biography’s tackle Gates, his longtime pal, alleging to the Daily Mail that there was “infidelity” throughout Gates’ early relationship with Melinda.
“Being naked in a pool is no big deal,” Raburn informed the outlet. But “there’s a difference between being naked in a pool with a whole bunch of other people, and being naked in a pool with somebody else, or in a bed with somebody else,” he stated of Gates not being trustworthy to Melinda at first.
“Certainly prior to their marriage, yeah — Bill liked to party. But I never saw any of that after the marriage,” Raburn stated.
“In fact, I had dinner with him one night. He said he was very proud of the fact that he hadn’t done any of that since he got married,” he informed the Mail.
“I truly hope Bill and Melinda end up being happy,” Raburn stated, calling the previous couple “good people.”
“Anybody who tells you they have a good divorce, they’re lying through their teeth,” he stated.
Biographer Wallace, now 74, informed the Daily Mail on Monday that the billionaire tech-mogul “wasn’t a choir boy back then.”
“He wasn’t just this little computer nerd. He did have a life back then,” the previous Seattle Post-Intelligencer reporter stated.
“Quite a lot of these Microsoft youngsters again then, they had been younger guys in pizza-stained T-shirts for 2 or three days engaged on software program 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,” he stated of the obvious wild bashes in Laurelhurst, Washington.
Wallace stated he doubted Gates would return to his bare pool-partying days post-divorce — however his interview famous a Page Six report in regards to the then-married mogul “dancing Paris Hilton-style” on a banquette with a gaggle of younger ladies at a Sundance Film Festival in 2010.