Following Bill Gates and Melinda’s divorce announcement, unusual details about their marriage from a 1997 Time magazine profile resurfaced. The Microsoft co-founder, now 65, revealed a questionable “arrangement” he had with his ex-girlfriend, Ann Winblad, now 70,, while married to Melinda.
Each spring, Bill Gates and his former gal pal spent “a long weekend” together at her Outer Banks, North Carolina, beach residence, enjoying several activities including long walks on the beach. “We can play putt-putt while discussing biotechnology,” he said of his yearly trip, which he had done for decades.
The Post obtained photos of their secluded Outer Banks hideout home — now used as a “retreat” for “beach lovers” — where they reportedly spent private time together annually during his marriage. The escape was famously part of an “arrangement,” according to Time, long before the high-profile divorce.
Property records reveal the beach house — located in Corolla, just north of the Outer Banks — still shows Ann Winblad as a trustee. The modest home, which was initially built in 1982, has been used as a rental on and off since 2016 and you can rent it for $2,700.