Bill and Melinda Gates’ shocking divorce announcement dominated conversations at a swanky party investment banker John Utendahl hosted for his partner Radmila Lolly in Miami last weekend.
Utendahl hosted the party at Miami’s Mr. C Hotel and we’re told Silicone Valley investors, CEOs and socialites were all buzzing about the split — and Gates’ purported penchant for younger women.
“It was a tight CEO group and they were all saying how [the divorce] did not come as a surprise to anyone,” a source told us. “It’s been a topic for years and has always been a topic of conversation among the money guys.”
Photos from 2010 of Gates partying with a bevy of young beauties at Sundance resurfaced last week after the divorce announcement. The billionaire tech nerd partied hard and “gyrated in a V.I.P booth until 2 a.m.,” witnesses told us at the time.
“Everybody was snapping photos of him until his security rushed him out the back door after he tipped a waitress $500,” they said.
But Gates gossip wasn’t the main attraction at Utendahl’s shindig. He threw the party to celebrate Lolly’s birthday and new music release. She performed her new songs in front of a crowd including Nacho Figueroa, Benny Shabtai, Haute Living’s Kamal Hotchandani, developer David Martin and couple Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker.
Coincidentally, Kenneth Chenault, who replaced Gates on the board at Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, was among the power crowd at the event. Paypal director Rodney Adkins, Daymond John, Don Peebles were also some of the “money guys” on the scene.