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Yahoo Tech - Apple MacSep 17, 2019
Bill Gates says he regrets meeting Epstein after his conviction and agreeing to donate $2m to MIT
Bill Gates said he regrets meeting with Jeffrey Epstein and giving a $2 million donation to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) through him after the financier was convicted of sex offences. Mr Gates, who co-founded Microsoft, met with Epstein in 2013, five years after he pleaded guilty to two charges of soliciting a minor for prostitution, and later made an an anonymous donation to MIT's Media Lab. Focus has fallen on the pair's relationships after US media reports suggested Epstein used proxies to make $7.5 million in donations to the prestigious institution after he was removed from MIT's official donor database. It emerged last week that Mr Gates made a $2 million donation to the MIT Media Lab in October 2014, which he requested to be recorded as an anonymous donation.  According to a leaked email seen by the New Yorker, the Media Lab's director, Joi Ito, wrote to a colleague: "This is a $2M gift from Bill Gates directed by Jeffrey Epstein".  However Mr Gates has denied the donation was made at Epstein's behest, with a spokesperson saying "any claim that Epstein directed any programmatic or personal grant making for Bill Gates is completely false." Jeffrey Epstein was convicted of sex offences in 2008 Credit: AP And in an interview with Axios this week, Mr Gates expressed regret over his link to Epstein, saying "I wish I hadn't met with him". Mr Gates said Epstein was introduced to him "as somebody who could bring more people i
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