(MAINNEWS) – Bill Gates reportedly has been dating Paula Hurd, the widow of late Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd, for more than a year.
“They’re inseparable,” a friend of the rumored couple told the Daily Mail Wednesday. “They’ve been together over a year, and she’s always described as a ‘mystery woman,’ but it’s no mystery to their inner circle that they’re in a romantic relationship.”
Paula’s husband died at the age of 62 in October 2019 after a reported battle with cancer. He had an estimated net worth of $500 million at the time of his death.
Mark ran computer and printer maker Hewlett-Packard from 2005 to 2010. He left over a sexual harassment scandal and joined Oracle a month later.
Paula, meanwhile, once worked as a tech executive and is now an event planner and philanthropist.
Paula, 60, and Gates, 67, run in the same circles and had crossed paths before Mark’s death thanks to their mutual love of tennis. They were photographed sitting in the same box at a match in 2015.
Just last month, she and the Microsoft co-founder were spotted watching the Men’s Singles Final together at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia. They further fueled romance rumors when they were seen taking a walk together around the Aussie city, but at the time she had not been identified.
Paula and Mark shared two daughters, Kathryn and Kelly.
Bill Gates and Paula Hurd sitting together at the Australian Open.
The rumored couple enjoyed the Australian Open together last week.
Gates, for his part, was married to his now-ex-wife, Melinda Gates, for 27 years. They finalized their divorce in August 2021.
He and Melinda, 58, share three kids: Jennifer, 26, Rory, 23, and Phoebe, 20.
Bill, who has a net worth of $106 billion, admitted on the “Today” show in May 2022 that he caused pain” in his marriage to Melinda but declined to discuss “the particulars.”
Amid his divorce, the business magnate admitted to having an affair with a Microsoft employee more than 20 years prior.
Bill’s rep did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.
By Leah Bitsky