Epstein’s Calendar Reveals Meetings With Global Elite
Newly uncovered documents reviewed by the Wall Street Journal reveal that Jeffrey Epstein, the late financier and convicted human trafficker, had numerous meetings with prominent political and business figures from around the world.
One of Epstein’s frequent contacts was Kathryn Ruemmler, a former White House counsel under President Obama who now works for Goldman Sachs. According to the documents, Epstein first contacted Ruemmler in 2014 about potentially representing the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Over the next few years, the two met more than three dozen times, and Epstein introduced Ruemmler to other business contacts and made referrals. A spokesperson for Gates said Epstein never worked for the foundation and that Gates regrets having met him.
The documents also show that Epstein had a relationship with Ariane de Rothschild, CEO of Swiss private bank Edmond de Rothschild Group. Epstein helped the bank hire the law firm Latham & Watkins for U.S. regulatory purposes, and de Rothschild purchased nearly $1 million of auctioned items for Epstein in 2014 and 2015.
Although the bank initially denied that de Rothschild had met with Epstein, they later acknowledged that the statement was not accurate. Epstein also scheduled more than a dozen meetings with Joshua Cooper Ramo, then-CEO of Henry Kissinger’s consulting firm and board member for Starbucks and FedEx.
Many of their meetings took place after 5 p.m. at Epstein’s townhouse, and one meeting included former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Barak often met with Epstein during trips to New York City and said that Epstein introduced him to people for geopolitical discussions.
It’s worth noting that Epstein was convicted in 2008 for procuring and soliciting a minor for prostitution and spent 13 months in a work-release program. He was also registered as a child predator. In 2019, Epstein was charged with alleged trafficking by federal prosecutors, and he was found dead in his jail cell that same year.
Epstein’s romantic partner and co-conspirator, Ghislaine Maxwell, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in June 2022 for conspiring with Epstein to abuse minors. The revelations from these documents serve as a stark reminder of Epstein’s far-reaching network and the powerful people who were in his orbit.