Board members at Microsoft 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 keeping with a report in The Wall Road Journal.
Citing unnamed sources, the Journal reported on-line Sunday that board members wanting into the matter employed a legislation 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 particular person acquainted with the matter.
An unnamed spokeswoman for Gates acknowledged to The Journal that there was an affair virtually 20 years in the past and that it ended “amicably.” The spokesperson instructed The Journal that “his choice to transition off the board was on no account associated to this matter.”
When he left Microsoft’s board final 12 months, Gates mentioned he was stepping right down to give attention to philanthropy.
Microsoft could not be instantly reached for remark.
Earlier this month, Invoice and Melinda Gates introduced that they have been divorcing after 27 years of marriage however would hold working collectively on the Invoice and Melinda Gates Basis, one of many largest charitable foundations on the earth. Gates was previously the world’s richest particular person and his fortune is estimated at properly over $100 billion.
Earlier Sunday, The New York Instances reported that Gates had developed “a repute for questionable conduct in work-related settings.”
The Instances reported that on at the very least a couple of events, Gates made overtures to girls who labored for him at Microsoft and the Invoice and Melinda Gates Basis. The Instances cited individuals with direct information of his conduct.