- Jeffrey Epstein, the financier arrested in July on charges of sex trafficking of underage girls, died on August 10.
- The former money manager had many famous connections, including to tech moguls.
- Bill Gates and Elon Musk are among those who have been connected to Epstein. Here are the others.
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Jeffrey Epstein, the financier arrested in July on charges of sex trafficking of underage girls, died by apparent suicide in a Manhattan jail on August 10.
Throughout his life, he hobnobbed with world leaders and elite executives, including tech moguls.
The New York Times columnist James B. Stewart published an article on Monday about his August 2018 interview with Epstein. Stewart included Epstein’s thoughts on Silicon Valley and its tech moguls.
“Mr. Epstein then meandered into a discussion of other prominent names in technology circles,” Stewart wrote. “He said people in Silicon Valley had a reputation for being geeky workaholics, but that was far from the truth: They were hedonistic and regular users of recreational drugs. He said he’d witnessed prominent tech figures taking drugs and arranging for sex.”
Here are some of the tech moguls who have been connected to Epstein.
Bill Gates, founder and former CEO of Microsoft
CNBC reported that other leaders in philanthropy also attended these meetings and that Gates flew on one of Epstein’s aeroplanes to Palm Beach, Florida, after their meeting in New York.
In a statement, a representative for Gates, Bridgitt Arnold, told Business Insider: “Although Epstein pursued Bill Gates aggressively, any account of a business partnership or personal relationship between the two is categorically false.”
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX
Stewart said he asked Epstein about a rumour that Musk had asked Epstein to compile a list of candidates to become Tesla’s new chairman.
“It is incorrect to say that Epstein ever advised Elon or Tesla on anything,” a representative for Musk told Business Insider on Monday.
Musk was also photographed with Ghislaine Maxwell, who’s been accused of being Epstein’s madam, at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in West Hollywood.
Musk’s representative told Business Insider that Musk wasn’t posing with Maxwell and that she simply “inserted herself behind him in a photo he was posing for without his knowledge.”
Scott Borgerson, CEO of CargoMetrics
The Daily Mail reported on Wednesday that Maxwell was living in the home of Borgerson, CEO of the tech company CargoMetrics.
But Borgerson told Business Insider that Maxwell was a “former friend” and that she was not living in his house.
“Ghislaine Maxwell is not at my home and I don’t know where she is,” Borgerson told Business Insider.
Marvin Minsky, MIT’s “father of artificial intelligence”
MIT called Minsky, who died in 2016, the “father of artificial intelligence.” He was one of the founding members of MIT Media Lab, which has innovated a trove of technological advances over the past thirty years, from touch screens to robotic prosthetics to GPS.
In a recently unsealed deposition published by The Verge earlier this month, a woman testified that she had been forced to have sex with Minsky at Epstein’s compound in the US Virgin Islands.
The Verge said that while Minsky was known to be a part of Epstein’s circle, the accusation is the first to tie Minsky to Epstein’s sex-trafficking network.
Joi Ito, director of MIT Media Lab.
The MIT Media Lab was further connected to the Epstein scandal later in August, when lab director Joi Ito revealed that he invited Epstein to the lab after meeting him in 2013, and the lab accepted money through foundations controlled by Epstein. Ito himself visited Epstein’s residences and allowed Epstein to invest in his funds; Ito said those funds, in turn, invest in tech startups.
Ito has apologised and pledged to return the money Epstein put in his investment funds. He also vowed to fundraise the same amount of money donated to the lab by Epstein and donate that money to charities supporting survivors of human trafficking.
Ito’s revelation led two researchers to resign from the lab. Centre for Civic Media Director Ethan Zuckerman called his decision to resign “simple,” writing “the work my group does focuses on social justice and on the inclusion of marginalised individuals and points of view. It’s hard to do that work with a straight face in a place that violated its own values so clearly in working with Epstein and in disguising that relationship.”
MIT News Executive Director Steve Bradt would not comment on whether Ito’s revelation means that he will also resign from the lab, the Associated Press reported.
Ito is a board member of The New York Times Company and has holdings in Kickstarter.
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