The late convicted sex offender and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein was known for cultivating relationships with elites to accomplish his purposes.
For example, among the royals, celebrities and prominent world leaders he wooed were Nobel laureates Frank Wilczek, Gerald Edelman and Murray Gell-Mann.
Among them were billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates.
The Daily Beast reported a former staffer said Gates thought Epstein was “his ticket” to the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize.
If so, that would add fuel to a report from a Norwegian newspaper regarding a 2013 meeting between Gates, Epstein and Thorbjørn Jagland, who was chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee at the time.
A spokesman for Gates denied that the billionaire, who recently announced a divorce from his wife of 27 years, was seeking the award or Epstein’s help.
But the former Gates Foundation employee told the Daily Beast the Nobel was what “Bill wants more than anything else in the world.”
The source claimed the Gates Foundation communications team was kept on alert regarding Gates’ outreach to Epstein after being told it was “a maneuver to try to get himself a Nobel Peace Prize.”
“He thought that Jeffrey would be able to help him, that he would know the right people, or some kind of way to massage things, so he could get the Nobel Peace Prize,” the source said.
Gates met dozens of times with Epstein after Epstein went to jail for soliciting a minor and had to register as a sex offender.
Gates also has been accused, since the divorce announcement, of hitting on employees and having extramarital affairs.
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