Opening up the Gates: how a tech legend’s feet of clay betrayed him

When Bill and Melinda Gates announced their intention to divorce after decades of marriage, the initial response was an outpouring of sympathy – but then the rumours and insinuations began to creep out

Bill and Melinda Gates will have a $130 billion fortune to divide up after their divorce. Picture: The Washington Post

One of the big advantages of being one of the world’s richest entrepreneurs for more than a quarter of a century is that lesser mortals buy into the myth you create around yourself.

In this respect, Bill Gates is no different to other multi-billionaires – from Oprah Winfrey to Jeff Bezos to Donald Trump to his not-quite-a-billionaire associate, the late Jeffrey Epstein.

Politicians, the media and the public are easily dazzled by the bling, bells ...