Lately, a Russian bridge player named Mila Antonova has been in the limelight due to her personal life! According to a shocking report by Wall Street Journal, Mila had an affair with one of the richest people on the planet, Bill Gates, while he was still married to his now ex-wife Melinda Gates.
It has been mentioned in the report that Bill’s alleged lover Antonova must be in her twenties when the two of them were engaged in a relationship. On the other hand, the billionaire must be in his late 50s and still married to his then-partner Melinda Gates. Continue reading further to know more about Mila Antonova, including her background, profession, and more.
Russian bridge player Mila Antonova had an alleged affair with billionaire Bill Gates
On Sunday, May 21, 2023, the Wall Street Journal revealed in a startling report that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates had an extra-marital affair with a Russian bridge player named Mila Antonova.
The report claimed that Bill was reportedly extorted by disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein over his scandalous affair with Mila Antonova. When their relationship began, Mila was in her 20s, meanwhile, Gates was in his late 50s.
As per WSJ, the billionaire tech titan was 55 years old when he met Mila around 2010 and the torrid affair allegedly started. Very little is known about the alleged affair of Antonova and Gates.
In an old video shared on YouTube, Mila was seen giving a presentation about the card game. The footage also showed her talking about meeting Bill Gates at the National Bridge tournament in Washington D.C. The two of them were also clicked together at that point when she said, “I didn’t beat him, but I tried to kick him with my leg.”
At that time, Antonova was trying to raise some funds to establish an online bridge tutorial business. Then, Bill’s advisor Boris Nikolic reportedly introduced the Russian bridge player to Jeffery Epstein to give her a helping hand to raise some funds for her business which aspired to “promote bridge by creating quality tutorials for beginners and advanced players.”
How did Mila Antonova meet Jeffrey Epstein?
The WSJ mentioned that Mila and Jeffrey met each other at his New York townhouse in November 2013 but they failed to garner the funds through the financier. Although, after the meeting, Epstein let Antonova stay in his townhouse for a total of 3 years. In addition to this, he also paid the fees for her coding course.
The media outlet also stated that after Mila was not able to secure funds for the bridge club, so she decided to pursue engineering as her profession. In order to take up engineering, she needed funds and Jeffrey helped her with that.
During an interview with WSJ, Antonova said, “Epstein agreed to pay and he paid directly to the school. Nothing was exchanged. I don’t know why he did that. When I asked, he said something like, he was wealthy and wanted to help people when he could.”
It seems that around this time, Epstein gained the trust and confidence of the young Russian bridge player. In the year 2017, he emailed Bill and allegedly threatened him to reveal the news of his affair with Mila after Gates refused to invest in a multibillion-dollar charitable fund that the disgraced financier tried to establish with JP Morgan Chase.
Along with this, Jeffery asked Bill to reimburse the fee amount paid for Antonova’s coding course. Then, a representative for Bill said, “Mr Gates met with Epstein solely for philanthropic purposes. Having failed repeatedly to draw Mr. Gates beyond these matters, Epstein tried unsuccessfully to leverage a past relationship to threaten Mr. Gates.”
The relationship of Bill and Mila came to an end in the year 2017. The disgraced financier Jeffrey passed away in prison in 2019 after he was charged with s*x crimes. At that point, his relationship with Bill Gates became a topic of discussion after the two of them were snapped together at various private events.
Melinda Gates cited Bill’s bond with Jeffrey Epstein as one of the reasons behind their divorce in the year 2021. It appears that Jeffrey was blackmailing Gates over his extramarital affair with the Russian bridge player.
Here’s all you need to know about Mila Antonova
For those of you who are unaware, let us share with you, Mila Antonova is a Russian bridge player who was born and brought up in Russia. She is a well-known card player. As per her now-deleted LinkedIn profile, back in the day, she went to a university in her homeland from the year 2000 to 2005.
Soon after, Antonova moved to the United States and began working as a software engineer in San Francisco. After shifting to America, she also founded a bridge club at some point. As of this moment, not much is known about her upbringing in Russia.
Bill Gates and his ex-wife Melinda Gates’ relationship timeline explored
Bill and Melinda crossed paths for the first time in the year 1987. The two of them got engaged in 1993 after six years of dating. In a 2017 essay written for AARP, she disclosed that they celebrated their engagement with a trip to South Africa in the fall of 1993.
The couple got married in Hawaii next year. They exchanged their vows on January 1, 1994. Their lavish wedding took place at the Manele Bay Hotel. They welcomed their first child together, daughter Jennifer Katharine in 1996. Their second child, son Rory, joined them earthside, in 1999.
Melinda gave birth to her and Bill’s third child, daughter Phoebe, in 2002. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in 2019. They announced that they were divorcing in May 2021. Their divorce got finalized in August of the same year.
While making an appearance on CBS Mornings in March 2022, Melinda said, “It wasn’t one moment or one specific thing that happened. There just came a point in time where there was enough there that I realized it just wasn’t healthy, and I couldn’t trust what we had.”
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