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Melinda Gates arrives in NYC aboard a helicopter with a friend


Melinda French Gates was spotted arriving in New York City on Monday with a friend at her side just one month after suggesting that ex-husband Bill Gates had more than one affair during their 27-year marriage, and that she has started dating following their public divorce.

Photos obtained by DailyMail.com shows French Gates, 57, walking away from a private jet in the Big Apple wearing a Louis Vuitton scarf, along with a white jacket, black pants and white sneakers.

Beside her, an unknown man wearing a black vest, black pants, sunglasses and a plaid button-down shirt, carried French Gates’ Louis Vuitton luggage, and a bag labeled ‘snacks’.

The man was also wearing a black backpack with a ‘thin blue line’ patch on it, and a ring on his left ring-finger.

The two seemed to be having a fun conversation and she was all smiles after the helicopter landed.

Melinda French Gates, 57, (left) arrived in New York City by helicopter in the company of an unknown, bearded man

The two disembarked the helicopter together and shared a laugh before walking off the helipad. The man carried French Gates' bags while she walked strolled with her hands free. He wore a ring on his left ring-finger

The two disembarked the helicopter together and shared a laugh before walking off the helipad. The man carried French Gates’ bags while she walked strolled with her hands free. He wore a ring on his left ring-finger

The sighting comes a month after French Gates said in an interview that she has 'dipped her toe' in the dating world after her billion-dollar divorce from Microsoft founder Bill Gates

The sighting comes a month after French Gates said in an interview that she has ‘dipped her toe’ in the dating world after her billion-dollar divorce from Microsoft founder Bill Gates

French Gates was sporting a Louis Vuitton scarf, a white jacket, black pants and white sneakers. The helicopter crew could be seen wheeling Louis Vuitton suitcase behind her

French Gates was sporting a Louis Vuitton scarf, a white jacket, black pants and white sneakers. The helicopter crew could be seen wheeling Louis Vuitton suitcase behind her

The photos come just one month after French Gates revealed that she is ‘definitely’ open to finding love again and has already met some suitors.

‘It’s interesting at this point,’ she told CBS Mornings Gayle King in an interview that aired March 3, ‘You know, I’m dipping my toe in that water a little bit. I feel like, I’m in a really good place. And I’m really, really excited about my life and about the world—the work ahead.’

She suggested in the interview that her ex-husband, Bill Gates, had more than one affair during their 27-year marriage.

‘Those are questions Bill needs to answer,’ she said when asked about reports he cheated multiple times. He previously acknowledged one affair. 

‘I believe in forgiveness. I thought we had worked through some of that,’ Melinda said of his 2000 affair with a Microsoft employee. I gave every single piece of myself to this marriage. I was committed from the day we got engaged to the day I got out of it.’   

French Gates said, however, that though she and Bill are no longer friends, they remain ‘friendly’ and are continuing to work together.

The ex-couple, who share three kids (pictured), have not publicly spoken out about the split, however Bill is reported to have blamed himself in an off-the-record Q&A session back in July

The ex-couple, who share three kids (pictured), have not publicly spoken out about the split, however Bill is reported to have blamed himself in an off-the-record Q&A session back in July 

Bill Gates (second from right) in Jeffrey Epstein's (center) Upper East Side mansion, the scene of many of his crimes, in 2011 - after the pedophile had spent time in prison for having sex with minors

Bill Gates (second from right) in Jeffrey Epstein’s (center) Upper East Side mansion, the scene of many of his crimes, in 2011 – after the pedophile had spent time in prison for having sex with minors 

Bill, 66, has not commented on the divorce publicly.

French Gates also trashed Bill for his questionable friendship with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and revealed that he continued to meet with him despite her having ‘nightmares’ about him.

‘I did not like that he had meetings with Jeffrey Epstein. I made that clear to him. I also met Jeffrey Epstein exactly one time. I wanted to see who this man was and I regretted it from the second I stepped in the door.’

‘He was abhorrent, evil personified. I had nightmares about it afterwards. That’s why my heart breaks for these young women. That’s how I felt, and I am an older woman. He was awful.’  

She told Gayle King that Bill had to answer for the many times he met Epstein, and even suggested that it contributed to the divorce.

Melinda Gates in her CBS interview in March. She lifted the lid on her marriage to Bill Gates for the first time, telling how the trust in their relationship was broken by his 2000 affair

Melinda Gates in her CBS interview in March. She lifted the lid on her marriage to Bill Gates for the first time, telling how the trust in their relationship was broken by his 2000 affair 

Bill and Melinda Gates are pictured at their daughter Jennifer's wedding in North Salem, New York, in October

Bill and Melinda Gates are pictured at their daughter Jennifer’s wedding in North Salem, New York, in October

‘It was not one thing, it was many things [that led to the divorce]. Any of the questions remaining about what Bill’s relationship with him was… those are for Bill to answer. I made it very clear how I felt about him.’  

Melinda, who shocked the world when she and Bill announced in May 2021 that they were ending their 27-year marriage, previously told how she endured emotionally challenging times whilst working with the billionaire.

The pair’s divorce was finalized privately in Washington – where their Gates Foundation is based – in August.

The terms of it were never made public but Bill was worth around $152billion at the time, giving Melinda a 50 percent settlement of $76billion. That does not include the couple’s vast property portfolio which comprised of homes in New York, Washington, and California.



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