has opened up about his divorce from Melinda, saying he is still 'grieving' over the breakup of the 27-year marriage.
The Microsoft founder, 65, revealed the pair did not have a prenuptial agreement but amicably split their vast wealth, although she kept the family dog.
The billionaire also refused to confirm if he ever cheated on his ex-wife - despite suggestions he had multiple affairs - with Melinda saying in March he had 'questions to answer'.
When asked if the couple are still friends, Bill told : 'I would say that.
'In an interview she chose not to use that word, but I'll use it.
We have a, you know, super important, complex, close relationship where we've chosen to work together. And I'm very happy that we get to work together.
'I'm also grieving the same way she is. Yes. You know, we grew up together. When I got married, yeah, Microsoft was a big deal.
'But I was a young 38-year-old and she was a mature 28-year old [when they married], and over those next few years, in terms of what we learnt together, what went well, what didn't go well… I mean, that's more than half my adult life.'
Bill Gates has opened up about his divorce from Melinda, saying he is still 'grieving' over the breakup of the 27-year marriage
Bill said the divorce settlement, at a time when his wealth was estimated to be around $130billion, was 'fair' on both sides.
The couple have three children, Jennifer, 26, Rory, 22, and Phoebe, 19, and in the public break-up last year, Bill revealed that Melinda got to keep the dog.
He said neither has had to suffer from a reduction in their wealth, saying the discussions were more focused on their philanthropy, admitting he still has his 'supernice' house.
He said: 'She got the dog.
She just killed me with that. No, I'm kidding. The world should know how mistreated I was. No, I'm kidding. We weren't mean to each other.'
But the tech entrepreneur refused to answer any questions about his alleged affairs.
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.
Melinda said in March that she and Bill are not friends but are 'friendly' and work together, and she suggested he had more than one affair throughout their marriage.
'Those are questions Bill needs to answer,' she said when asked about reports he cheated multiple times.
He previously acknowledged one affair.
A photo shows Bill and Melinda Gates while they were dating before getting married
'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.'
Gates' spokeswoman confirmed he had a sexual relationship with a female staff member in 2000 and that he resigned as an investigation into the relationship was being conducted by an external law firm on behalf of the company board.
The New York Times also reported that Gates asked out a Microsoft employee in 2006 after watching her make a presentation and, couple of years later, asked out an employee with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - both while he was married.
Gates reportedly told the Microsoft employee in an email: 'If this makes you uncomfortable, pretend it never happened.' She said she took his advice.
Gates later allegedly asked an employee with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to dinner, while the pair were in New York for a trip.
Last year, four Microsoft employees accused Gates of being an office 'bully' whose catchphrase was 'that's the stupidest f*****g idea I've ever heard' and supported claims he pursued sexual affairs with employees and journalists.
Gates' reputation as a hot-tempered boss began not long after he launched tech giant Microsoft with childhood friend Paul Allen in 1975, Insider reported.
A spokesperson for the billionaire has denied he mistreated employees.
Bill and Melinda Gates couple are pictured with their three kids in a 2018 family photo.
The kids - Jennifer (center), Rory (right) and Phoebe (left) are now aged 26, 22 and 19. Bill and Melinda announced their split in May after 27 years of marriage
A former Microsoft executive who spoke on condition of anonymity told the outlet that 'having a meeting with Bill was just an opportunity to get yelled at, so I tried to avoid that.'
Gates would even allegedly track his employees by memorizing their license plates, according to the outlet.
Maria Klawe, a former Microsoft board member, said 'a person like Bill Gates thinks the usual rules of behavior don't apply to him' and accused him of being unreceptive to suggestions about improving diversity.
Klawe said that Gates behaved as if he was the 'smartest person in the room' and that diversity was not something Gates 'was interested in hearing about.'
She said that, when female executives would suggest diversity initiatives, Gates would allegedly respond with: 'Are you trying to effing destroy the company?'
A spokesperson for Gates told Insider that Klawe's allegations are a 'gross mischaracterization.'
Melinda herself was an employee at Microsoft, having been hired as a product manager in 1987, when the billionaire first asked her out months after flirting with her at a conference dinner.
In the 1992 biography Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire, author James Wallace revealed Gates had an alleged affair with a married woman 13 years older than him when he was 27 years old.
His alleged affair was with the wife of an Osborne Computer executive who lived abroad, according to the biography.
Gates himself admitted to frequenting the area, centered on Washington Street between Boylston Street and Kneeland Street, in a 1994 interview he did with Playboy magazine.
'Just because I went there doesn't mean I engaged in everything that was going on,' Gates said.
'I ate pizza, read books and watched what was going on. I went to the diners.'
Wallace claimed to Insider that Gates' penchant for socializing with women remained even after he started dating Melinda Gates in 1987.
Gates was allegedly known to invite friends to swim naked at his bachelor pad in Laurelhurst where he 'rounded up' dancers from local all-nude nightclubs, Wallace said.
'I don't know if he physically transported them or if he just told them where to show up,' Wallace told the outlet.
Cringely, who wrote a popular computer gossip column for InfoWorld, told Insider that Gates was allegedly often inebriated at tech events and after-parties and that he 'got drunk pretty easily.'
'All of us will have been at some affair where Bill was clearly impaired.
He was happier' drunk, Cringely said.
Gates, then 33, took a helicopter to Les Arcs ski resort in the French Alps for an international sales meeting for Microsoft in the summer of 1988 where he was allegedly caught lying on top of a woman on the lawn.
Bill said the divorce settlement, at a time when his wealth was estimated to be around $130billion, was 'fair' on both sides
The pair were 'just snuggling' after Gates joined his employees for drinks in a Swiss chalet and partied until the early morning, Dan Graves, a former Microsoft export manager, told Insider.
After he started dating Melinda, Gates allegedly struggled to commit to her and she was allegedly aware of his 'womanizing,' the outlet reported.
The couple even broke up for at least a year early in their relationship.
'Bill wanted to be married, but he didn't know whether he could actually commit to it and have Microsoft,' Melinda said in an interview for the Netflix docuseries Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates.
Even after marrying Melinda, Gates told Time magazine in 1997 that he still went on annual vacations to the Outer Banks of North Carolina with his ex-girlfriend Ann Winblad, the software entrepreneur whom he had dated from 1984 to 1987.
Bill and Melinda Gates' personal affairs have been managed by Watermark Estate Management since at least 2001, which would allegedly arrange Gates' annual beach trips with Winblad.
Elsewhere in his interview, Gates admitted he made a 'huge mistake' by attending fundraising meetings with convicted sex offender .
He first met Epstein in 2011 after the financier had been convicted of soliciting sex from a minor in 2008.
Epstein was also invited to fundraising dinners that promoted the Gates Foundation.
Gates says he 'made a huge mistake' meeting with Jeffrey Epstein for fundraising dinners
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The dinners were a point of contention between the billionaire and his ex-wife who described Epstein as 'evil personified.'
In earlier interviews, Gates stated how he ultimately stopped meetings with the convicted sex offender after he realized the meetings would not be productive for his philanthropic foundation.
'I had dinners with him.
I regret doing that. He had relationships he said with people he said would give to public health. Not nearly enough philanthropy goes in that direction,' Gates said in a September 2021 interview.
'Those meetings were a mistake. They did.
Gates' visits to Epstein's 'lair' were an escape from his unhappy marriage, and the pair 'were very close', a source said.
Flight records also reveal that Gates flew with Epstein on the so-called Lolita Express from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey to Palm Beach on March 1, 2013, one of the few flights that year where pilot Larry Viskoski recorded the name of a passenger.
Melinda Gates in her CBS interview in March 2022.
She lifted the lid on her marriage to Bill Gates for the first time including his encounters with Jeffrey Epstein
In her first interview since her divorce from the billionaire last year, Melinda toldin March that she insisted on meeting Epstein back in 2011 because she wanted to see 'who this man was'.
'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 how Bill had to answer for the many times he met Epstein, and even suggested that it may have contributed to the divorce.
'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.'
A spokesperson for Gates told last June that Gates had 'absolutely no business partnership or personal friendship' with Epstein, and any meetings between the two were about philanthropy.
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