According to The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft’s board members decided last year that Bill Gates, the company’s co-founder and former CEO, should step down due to the billionaire’s previous relationship with a Microsoft employee that was deemed inappropriate.
On March 13, 2020, Bill Gates resigned from the company’s board of directors three months after being re-elected to that seat. He also resigned from the Berkshire Hathaway board on the same day. In an official statement, Gates said the decision was made so that he can focus more on “global health, development, education and its growing involvement in the fight against climate change.” However, The Wall Street Journal has other data.
In late 2019, Microsoft’s board members hired a law firm to investigate Bill Gates’ previous relationship with a Microsoft employee in 2000. A company spokesman said: “In the second half of 2019, Microsoft received information that Bill Gates had an intimate relationship with a company employee in 2000. The Board Committee addressed this issue with the assistance of a third party law firm. Throughout the investigation, Microsoft provided full support to the employee who raised the concern. ”
The woman shared the details of her personal relationship with Bill Gates, which lasted for several years, and “demanded a change in her work at Microsoft.” During the investigation, some board members expressed the opinion that Gates could no longer lead Microsoft. Then the board members came to the conclusion that the relationship was inappropriate, so Gates should step down from his position.
However, Gates resigned before the committee could complete its investigation and reach a verdict. A spokeswoman for Gates denied the link between the two events. She stated that the investigation had nothing to do with Gates’ decision to step down and that the relationship itself ended peacefully. “Almost 20 years ago, they really had an affair that ended amicably. The decision to leave the board of directors is in no way related to this issue. “
Recently, Bill Gates and his ex-wife Melinda decided to end their 27-year-old marriage.
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