Some of Microsoft’s board wanted to oust Bill Gates before he stepped down. They wanted him out due to an alleged affair with a female employee back in the year 2000.
Bill Gates Resigned
Instead, Bill Gates resigned from the board three months after getting re-elected to his seat. The year before, the board of directors received a letter from a female employee.
She alleged that she had a sexual relationship with Gates that lasted years. To investigate the matter, the company hired an outside law firm.
During the probe, some board members said that Gate shouldn’t continue with his position as director. However, the board never got to make a decision as Gates resigned before they completed the investigation
A Microsoft spokesman issued a statement on behalf of the company. “Microsoft received a concern in the latter half of 2019 that Bill Gates sought to initiate an intimate relationship with a company employee in the year 2000.
A committee of the Board reviewed the concern, aided by an outside law firm to conduct a thorough investigation. Throughout the investigation, Microsoft provided extensive support to the employee who raised the concern.”
The allegations also happened at a bad time. The letter surfaced during the time when the #MeToo movement gained traction. As a result, board members wanted Gate out before the issue blew up. However, Gates denied that he stepped down because of the affair.
Bill Gates Denies Stepping Down Due To Affair
“There was an affair almost 20 years ago which ended amicably,” a Gates spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal. “[Gates’] decision to transition off the board was in no way related to this matter.
In fact, he had expressed an interest in spending more time on his philanthropy starting several years earlier.”
Incidentally, Gates and his wife Melinda French Gates announced their divorce earlier this month after 27 years of marriage. “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” they said in a joint statement.
“Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives.”
‘Not A Friendly Divorce’
According to a source close to the family, the Gates divorce was anything but a friendly split. Melinda didn’t exactly approve of Bill’s handling of a sexual harassment claim against his money manager.
In addition, his relationship with convicted sex offenders and alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein created a divide between the couple.
Bill and Epstein were seen together numerous times between 2011 to 2013. Media also covered an episode where Gates took a ride on Epstein’s private jet, nicknamed the “Lolita Express”.
Despite the conflict, the May 3 divorce filing reported that the couple agreed to a separate contract to divide their assets. Forbes estimated the fortune at $130 billion. —a fortune estimated at $130 billion by Forbes.
Over the years, the Gates donated more than $36 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Even with their differences, the couple decided to remain co-chairs of the Foundation.
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