Bill Gates

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For-Profit Vaccine rather than Patent-Free Vaccine

Bill Gates has lobbied for a for-profit vaccine against COVID-19 rather than a patent-free vaccine.

"Philantrocapitalism" is not "Philantrophy" but profit maximising

Critics of the Bill have outlined that the "Global Health Governance" approach as its conducted by the BMGF can best be understood as "Global Health Imperialism" breaking with the "traditional notions of Westphalian sovereignty" by enforcing capitalist policies on all countries.[1] Also the broader concept of "philanthrocapitalism" is criticised as not addressing the real issue of systemic inequality of capitalism. Instead of real social change organisations such as BMGF represent the interests of "highly sophisticated capitalists who know what they want and how best to get it" – the "Global Health Imperialism" agenda is devoted "to expanding worldwide markets and facilitating commerce on behalf of Western capitalism".[2]

Jeffrey Epstein and other relationships

The Wall Street Journal reported that Melinda was meeting with divorce attorneys since 2019, citing interviews that suggested Bill's ties with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was at least one of her concerns.[3] A New York Times article also reported several cases of misconduct at Microsoft and at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where Bill pursued women who worked for him and had at least one affair with a Microsoft employee in 2000. Six current and former employees of Microsoft reported that Gates created at times an uncomfortable workplace environment for women. Apparently Gate's common "inappropriate extramarital relationships” during his work hours were an "open secret" for "the people who worked for Gates".[4] It was “largely suppressed by Gates’s liberal use of nondisclosure agreements, ostensibly to keep more damning details under wraps”.[5] A New York Times article also reported that Gates relationship with Epstein started in 2011, just a few years after Epstein's conviction, and continued for some years, including a visit to his house with Melinda in the fall of 2013, despite her declared discomfort.[6]

The depth of the friendship between Gates and Epstein is unclear, but Gates visited Epstein "many times, despite his past"[7]. In 2013 Gates visited together with Epstein the home of then-Nobel Committee Chairman Thorbjørn Jagla hoping Gates could win the Nobel Prize.[8] Gates said in 2011 about Epstein: "His lifestyle is very different and kind of intriguing although it would not work for me".[7]

Apparently Epstein and Gates “discussed the Gates Foundation and philanthropy"[9] – more specifically Epstein was working with Gates on "a proposed multibillion-dollar charitable fund" together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and JPMorgan Chase”.[10] In an interview in 2019 Gates, however, completely denied any connection and generally commented about his relationship with Epstein: "I met him. I didn’t have any business relationship or friendship with him".[11] Other sources say Gates and Epstein “were very close".[9] In terms of financial involvement Bill Gates donated $2 million to MIT's media lab in 2014 as Joi Ito, the MIT media lab's former director, said in an email – a donation that Epstein reportedly facilitated.[12] Gates denied Epstein's involvement by letting a spokesperson say: Any "claim that Epstein directed any programmatic or personal grantmaking for Bill Gates is completely false."[13]

It was reported that “two members of Gates’s inner circle” often acted as “intermediaries between the two" Epstein and Gates – namely Boris Nikolic and Melanie Walker.[14] Walker first worked “as a science adviser in 1998“ for Epstein and then "joined the Gates Foundation with the title of senior program officer” in 2006 and Nikolic – “a biotech investor and former adviser to Gates" was “mysteriously named a backup executor in Epstein’s last will and testament”.[14] Nikolic has, however, declined in court proceedings to act as executor to Epstein’s will.[14]

Gates took at least one flight in 2013[7] in Jeffrey Epstein's infamous "Lolita Express" aircraft, where some passengers had sex with minors on board.[15] It is unclear why Gates, who owns his own "$40 million jet", needed to use the aircraft.[7] Gates said that he "hadn’t been aware it was Mr. Epstein’s plane".[7]

Bill Gates made a "personal investment"[16] in 2000 in the Israeli "security" company Commtouch at the time (now: CYREN) which was then headed by Isabel Maxwell – the sister of Ghislaine Maxwell, which is accused of beeing Jeffrey Epstein's co-conspirator in trafficking child sex slaves[17].

Deterioration of Public Image

The Business Insider, Bloomberg, and The New Republic have discussed a significant deterioration of the public image of Bill Gates in 2021 threatening his entire philanthropic legacy based on recent misconduct revelations.[18][19][20] While Gates was originally perceived as a "robber-baron"[19] focusing on his Microsoft business empire, he then realized a change of that narrative towards philantropy was needed. Therefore, Gates has presented himself starting in the 2000s when he stepped down as Microsoft's CEO as a "nerdy do-gooder" for many years with a "likable public image" but through his divorce details about his "darker side" became public – including his obvious attempts to "downplay"[21] his relationship with child-sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein along his now publicly known common "inappropriate extramarital relationships”[22] which he silenced with nondisclosure agreements revealed "cracks in his facade" – his carefully crafted "public persona of a nerdy but pleasant philanthropist" now revealed "a less flattering picture of the man". Bloomberg summarises: "Gates is clearly not the right leader to campaign against sex trafficking" and "the foundation that bears his name is probably no longer the ideal advocate for women’s empowerment.[23] In the left-wing publication The New Republic Bill Gates is now openly portrayed simply as an "oligarch" and even "just another creepy rich guy".[20]