Board members at Microsoft Corp. decided in 2020 that it wasn’t acceptable for its co-founder Invoice Gates to proceed sitting on its board as they investigated the billionaire’s prior romantic relationship with a feminine Microsoft worker that was deemed inappropriate, in accordance with a report in The Wall Road Journal. Citing unnamed sources, The Journal reported on-line on Sunday that board members trying into the matter employed a regulation agency in late 2019 to conduct an investigation after a Microsoft engineer alleged in a letter that she had a sexual relationship with Gates over a number of years.
The Journal reported that Gates resigned earlier than the board’s investigation was completed, citing one other individual conversant in the matter. An unnamed spokeswoman for Gates acknowledged to The Journal that there was an affair nearly 20 years in the past, and that it ended “amicably.” The spokesperson informed The Journal that “his resolution to transition off the board was by no means associated to this matter.” When he left Microsoft’s board final yr, Gates mentioned he was stepping right down to deal with philanthropy.
Microsoft couldn’t be instantly reached for remark.
Earlier this month, Invoice and Melinda Gates introduced that they had been divorcing after 27 years of marriage however would maintain working collectively on the Invoice and Melinda Gates Basis, one of many largest charitable foundations on this planet. Gates was previously the world’s richest individual and his fortune is estimated at nicely over $100 billion.
Earlier Sunday, The New York Occasions reported that Gates had developed “a fame for questionable conduct in work-related settings.”
The Occasions reported that on at the least a couple of events, Gates made overtures to ladies who labored for him at Microsoft and the Invoice and Melinda Gates Basis. The Occasions cited folks with direct data of his habits.