The Wall Street Journal broke big news Sunday, explaining how Jeffrey Epstein tried to blackmail the billionaire Bill Gates for carrying out an extramarital affair with a young Russian expatriate, Mila Antonova.
Gates had met Antonova in 2010 at a bridge tournament where she was pushing her ideas of a new non-profit company that would promote bridge for youngsters. He apparently began a sexual affair with her while he was still married to Melinda Gates. At the time, Antonova was in her early twenties while Bill Gates was in his mid 50s.
It’s not clear yet how long the affair lasted, or whether Gates donated money to her charity. But he apparently did introduce her to Epstein and encourage him to make such donations. While it doesn’t appear Epstein took the bait, he apparently did pay some of Antonova’s college tuition fees. Gates also might have introduced her to Warren Buffett, as Buffett attended the same 2010 bridge tournament where Gates met her.
We already knew Gates was never a saint. He maintained a long extramarital affair with a Microsoft employee, an affair that lasted more than a decade, while he served as CEO of that company. Here’s a video from IgniteNYC, where Antonova explains why she finds bridge a powerful mind game.
She notes how Mae West loved bridge, although she misspells West’s name as “May West.” It was West who quipped, “Bridge is like sex. If you don’t have a good partner, you better have a good hand.”