James Wallace alleged that Bill Gates was “no choir boy” in his early days.
The former Seattle Post-Intelligencer investigative reporter, who wrote two books about the Microsoft co-founder in the ‘90s, wondered if the billionaire would go back to his hard-partying bachelor days now that his marriage to Melinda Gates is over.
“A lot of those Microsoft kids back then, they were young guys in pizza-stained t-shirts for two or three days working on software code,” he told the U.K.’s DailyMail on Monday. “Then they would have some pretty wild parties, where they would go out and get strippers in Seattle and bring them over to Bill’s home. He wasn’t a choir boy back then, he wasn’t just this little computer nerd. He did have a life back then.”
According to the outlet, Wallace detailed Gates’ alleged “naked parties” in the 1997 book “Overdrive: Bill Gates and the Race to Control Cyberspace.” At the time, Wallace claimed Gates would throw “wild bachelor parties” and “visit one of Seattle’s all-nude nightclubs and hire dancers to come to his home and swim naked with his friends in his indoor pool.”
Wallace also alleged that the chairman’s “womanizing” also put a strain on his relationship with Melinda while they were dating.
“Though Gates began dating French [Melinda’s maiden name] in 1988, he continued to play the field for a while, especially when he was out of town on business, when he would frequently hit on female journalists who covered Microsoft and the company industry,” he wrote, as quoted by the outlet.
“His womanizing was well known, although not well reported, because Gates and Microsoft spoon-fed stories to industry writers for such papers as the New York Times, and none of them wanted the flow of information to stop,” Wallace alleged.
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