Bill Gates left Microsoft Board after a relationship with an employee
According to Bloomberg, Microsoft Corp. has conducted an investigation on Bill Gates after the allegations of a sexual relationship with one of his female employees. Therefore, Bill Gates left Microsoft Board after a relationship with an employee. Previously, Microsoft Corp. board members wanted Bill Gates to step down from the Board. However, the allegations on Gates were from the past two decades especially after 2000. As a reminder, this was one of the reasons behind his ending of a marriage. The company’s board came to know this relationship in the last quarter of 2019. The investigation was started after one of the female engineers in the company claimed in a letter that she had been in a sexual relationship with the CEO of the company for over many years.
Microsoft hired a lawsuit firm against Bill Gates after the allegations. As the proceedings were happening in the court, meanwhile Bill Gates divorced his wife Melinda. After that, both the lawsuits disclosed the case. After that, neither Microsoft nor the lawsuit firm revealed the information. Not only this but some board members were also asked about the links between Gates and disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who suicided in jail in 2019. As more and more scandals of Gates are coming out, the situation has been becoming more controversial.
Bill Gates and his wife Melinda both founded their philanthropic organization two decades ago. This foundation aims to battle poverty and disease in the world. As we all know, Bill Gates and Melinda announced their divorce on May 3, 2021, which means after 27 years of their wedding. A spokesperson for Microsoft reported that the software giant company was alerted in the second half of 2019 about Gates’ relationship. The tipster also revealed that the relationship of Bill Gates started in the year 2000.
During the investigations on the issue of a relationship with a female employee, board members of the company thought that it was not suitable for someone to head the governing board of one of the biggest software companies in the world. However, it wasn’t an easy task for someone who started the company and led the company to major success and steps down from it. Before the investigation was fully completed, Microsoft’s CEO resigned even before an official statement from the company. As a reminder, the CEO of Microsoft left his full-time role in the company in 2008.
On the other hand, spokeswoman for Mr. Gates claimed that the affair was almost 20 years ago which too ended amicably. She said the decision of Gates to transition off the board was in no way related to the matter of his relationship. Bill Gates had expressed an interest in spending more time on his philanthropy, she further added. The spokeswoman also claimed that Gates stepped down as director of Microsoft because he wanted to focus more on his philanthropic organization commonly known as the “Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation”.