Bill Gates would drive to work at Microsoft in his Mercedes before driving off in a golden brown Porsche that an assistant brought for him, in what staff believed was his system for meeting women, it has been claimed.
The 65-year-old announced his divorce from Melinda French Gates, his wife of 27 years, on May 4.
On Monday a report in Vanity Fair detailed long-held rumors about his serial infidelity, including how he would switch cars to try to cover his tracks.
‘We all assumed that it was when he was with women,’ one Microsoft employee told the magazine.
‘I knew there were many offsite meetings that were not on his calendar.’
Gates is famously an avid car collector, with a penchant for Porsches. He has recently purchased a Porsche Taycan, an electric car. Gates has previously owned a 1979 Porsche 911, and a Porsche 959 Sports – of which there were only 337 ever made.
Another employee denied the account, however, pointing out that Gates was meticulous with planning his day, famously dividing his time into five minute blocks.
They said he was ‘one of the most intensely scheduled people on the planet.’
Two sources told the magazine that someone in Melinda’s circle worked with a private investigator leading up to divorce filing, and the PI’s findings will form part of the case.
A spokesperson for the 56-year-old Texan called the claim ‘completely false. Neither Melinda nor anyone at her direction ever hired a private investigator.’