Jeff Epstein hooked up eugenicist scientists at Harvard and MIT with Gates, Rothschild, Zuckerberg, says Vanity Fair
From The Daily Mail
'He name-dropped like crazy. You’d be with him and he’d say things like, "I just got off the phone with Zuckerberg. I just got off the phone with Rothschild. I just got off the phone with Gates,"' recalled one Wall Streeter.
'You didn’t know if any of it was true. But then you’d be meeting at his townhouse several days later and Gates would be there.'
That individual added: 'Jeffrey had a way of making these people materialize.'
From Vanity Fair
“JEFFREY HAD A WAY OF MAKING THESE PEOPLE MATERIALIZE”: EPSTEIN’S GRIFT WAS TO HOOK SCIENTISTS UP WITH THE SUPERRICH
But a constant was his social braggadocio, both vanity and part of his method. “He name-dropped like crazy. You’d be with him and he’d say things like, ‘I just got off the phone with Zuckerberg. I just got off the phone with Rothschild. I just got off the phone with Gates,’ ” recalled another Wall Streeter who did business with him. Epstein boasted about buying yachts and planes and setting up arcane tax shelters for the superrich. “You didn’t know if any of it was true. But then you’d be meeting at his townhouse several days later and Gates would be there. Jeffrey had a way of making these people materialize.”
Scientists were the central currency in this social trade, supplying intellectual heft while certifying him as a man of science, which he wasn’t, though he had no shortage of loopy ideas, which reportedly included a plan for Epstein to impregnate dozens of women at his New Mexico ranch to improve humanity with his DNA. Epstein began courting academics in the early 1990s at a moment when geek culture was rapidly gaining power. This was due in large measure to the promotion of Epstein’s friend, the New York literary agent and entrepreneur John Brockman, who transformed academics like Jared Diamond, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, and Steven Pinker into best-selling authors.
With Brockman’s imprimatur, Epstein spent heavily to buy into the Academy, becoming known as a “science philanthropist” with a Cheshire smile and a baggy Harvard sweatshirt. He pledged $30 million to Harvard, fêted academics at Champagne-fueled dinners at his 21,000-square-foot townhouse, hosted science conferences on his private Caribbean island, and jetted them around on his 727.
Not every scientist bought Epstein’s lines. Dennett recalled being summoned to a private meeting at Epstein’s townhouse and thinking he was a phony. “He asked me manipulative questions, as a conversational gambit. I remember he said, ‘Suppose I gave you a billion dollars, what would you do with it?’ I said I would fund an independent news organization for the whole world, and we’d hire the best reporters and give away the journalism. He had no interest in my answer. It was about showing off his wealth.”
Pinker recalled a flight on Epstein’s plane to a TED conference: “At one point I was summoned for an audience with Epstein in his ‘office’ on the plane, which included an incongruous big wooden desk and executive chair. I had been told that Epstein had a brilliant mind and was interested in the cutting edge of science—consciousness, genetics, evolution, cosmology—and that he wanted to discuss my work with me. He would ask me a question, get bored with my answer after a sentence, interrupt me, ask another question, impatiently interrupt me again, and so on, in a conversation that lasted perhaps 10 minutes before I was dismissed and could return to the more satisfying conversations at the back of the plane,” Pinker said. “Epstein’s ADD and intellectual laziness led me to conclude he was a kibitzer who liked to hang out with intellectual celebrities he had bought, and I wanted no part of him, though could not avoid him entirely because he would pop up at events he’d partly funded. This was years before anyone knew about his sexual crimes.” Most of Epstein’s friends and acquaintances did not abuse the women in his world. But almost no one (including journalists) pointed out the oddness of a middle-aged man traveling with several young women. It’s as if his wealth—and this was what he thought—justified this behavior.