Newly released documents have indeed shed further light on the extensive network of influential individuals connected to Jeffrey Epstein. The files obtained include personal numbers and email addresses and provide details about his relationships with various high-profile individuals.
The late financier, infamous for his sex trafficking operation, had a network that crossed borders, industries, and even royal families. The documents, procured from Epstein’s estate by the US Virgin Islands government during its investigation, provide an alarming insight into Epstein’s relationships with the world’s elite, even after his sex offender registration.
Among the powerful figures, Epstein had links with British royalty, and several notable Americans according to docs obtained by The Daily Mail.
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, was a frequent name within Epstein’s circles. Epstein reportedly used the Duke’s name in attempts to persuade JP Morgan to let him serve as an intermediary for affluent clients. Records also show efforts to arrange meetings with Sarah Ferguson, suggesting financial discussions between the Duchess of York and Epstein.
However, Epstein’s influence was not confined to the shores of the United Kingdom. The documents indicate connections with several notable American figures. Co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, had multiple encounters with Epstein, who seemed to have intimate knowledge about Gates’ marriage.
The Daily Mail wrote:
Prince Andrew has admitted to being friends with Epstein for more than a decade. He flew on his private plane numerous times, stayed at his properties and even visited Epstein’s island in the Caribbean, witnesses have claimed.
Epstein victim Virginia Roberts claimed she was forced to have sex with the Duke when she was 17, claims he denied. But last year Andrew settled a civil lawsuit brought by Roberts for a reported $12million.
The Epstein files show that the pedophile used Andrew’s name while trying to persuade JP Morgan to let him act as an intermediary for wealthy clients.
Epstein was trying to persuade the bank to work with Bill Gates on a $100m fund for elite donors and a crunch meeting was taking place on August 31, 2011.
In the email to JP Morgan boss Jes Staley and senior banker Mary Erdoes, Epstein said that investors were wary of the bank because it was a ‘quasi US govt arm’. Epstein wrote: ‘I am also aware JPM has a colorful array of clients so a client relationship is much less problematic than an institutional joint venture’.
Epstein even played host to a dinner attended by Melinda Gates. Epstein’s attempts to persuade Gates to front a fund for wealthy investors offer a chilling example of his manipulative prowess.
Among the other American notables linked to Epstein are comedian Chris Rock and magician David Blaine. Rock was potentially scheduled for a gathering, while Blaine seems to have enjoyed a more substantial friendship with Epstein than previously known, with multiple dinners mentioned in the records.
Epstein’s influence also pervaded the financial sector, with strong links to prominent banking figures. The documents show that Jes Staley, the ex-JP Morgan chief, had a staggering 31 meetings with Epstein between 2010 and 2015. Meanwhile, Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan, was listed in Epstein’s records despite a denial from a JP Morgan spokeswoman.
But Epstein’s reach extended even further into global business circles. Connections with tech billionaire Peter Thiel, an early Facebook investor, and British business magnate Richard Branson were also revealed in the documents, demonstrating Epstein’s far-reaching influence.
The documents underscore the breadth and depth of Epstein’s network, casting a shadow on some of the world’s most influential figures.