Has the multibillionaire Bill Gates been threatened by Jeffrey Epstein in relation to his extramarital romance with a Russian bridge player? According to a report that was distributed by the Wall Street Journal, new information that has surfaced lends credence to the theory that the convicted sex trafficker was the one who threatened the tech mogul.
According to a story in the Wall Street Journal, persons with knowledge of the situation stated that Epstein threatened Gates and claimed that he would make public his relationship with Russian bridge player Mila Antonova if the billionaire did not pay up. Epstein exerted pressure on Gates to reimburse him for the tuition charges that the latter had initially financed for Antonova to attend software coding school. These costs had been covered by Epstein in the beginning. In 2013, Epstein started talking to her and getting to know her more.
Around the year 2010, when she was in her 20s at the time, Gates first encountered the woman, who later revealed herself to be Mila Antonova. In 2010, Bill Gates was introduced to Antonova, who was in her 20s at the time, and the two went on to play bridge together. In a video uploaded on YouTube in 2010, Antonova reminisced about a competition in which she and Gates participated, during which she said, “I didn’t beat him, but I tried to kick him with my leg.”
The Wall Street Journal also stated, citing sources, that Epstein emailed a threat to Bill Gates in 2017 after he failed to convince the computer wizard to participate in a multibillion-dollar charity fund that he attempted to set up in partnership with JPMorgan & Chase. The WSJ quoted the sources as saying that Epstein’s attempt to convince Gates to participate in the fund was unsuccessful.
According to the records that were examined by the WSJ, Antonova had the intention of launching an online bridge tutorial business under the name BridgePlanet and was making efforts to acquire funding. Boris Nikolic, who was close to Bill Gates and served as an advisor to him, put her in contact with Epstein so that she could obtain funding for her startup. Epstein did not make an investment in her venture; however, he did promise to refund her for the money she spent on coding school.
Epstein allegedly initiated contact with Gates in 2017 with the intent of blackmailing Gates into paying for Antonova’s coding school tuition. This was years after their claimed affair had allegedly come to an end. If Gates would not pay, he vowed to tell the public about the situation that had been going on.
Recent news articles have revealed that Epstein engaged in business transactions with notable individuals such as the renowned linguist and academician Noam Chomsky and the president of Bard College, Leon Botstein. According to the reports, the disgraced billionaire wired $275,000 to Chomsky and then $150,500 to Botstein respectively. Chomsky, who teaches linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that the sum was sent to him in 2018 by the late billionaire. Chomsky was quoted in this article.
However, the sum was entirely a “rearrangement” of funds that already belonged to him. The academician asserted that he had approached Epstein not to request a donation but rather for technical guidance regarding the distribution of his own personal finances. Chomsky made this assertion in an interview with the Guardian. He said, “There are no financial transactions except from one account of mine to another.”