Microsoft’s board of directors decided in 2020 that it was inappropriate for co-founder Bill Gates to continue serving on the board when they investigated the billionaire’s previous romantic relationship with a Microsoft employee that was deemed inappropriate. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
Citing unnamed sources, the Journal reported online on Sunday that board members investigating the matter hired a law firm to conduct an investigation in late 2019 after a Microsoft engineer wrote in a letter alleging she had a sexual one for several years Relationship with Gates.
The Journal reported that Gates resigned before the board’s investigation was completed and quoted another person who was familiar with the matter.
An unnamed Gates spokeswoman admitted to The Journal that there was an affair nearly 20 years ago and it ended “amicably”. The spokesman told The Journal that “his decision to step down from the board is in no way related to this matter.”
When he left Microsoft’s board last year, Gates said he would step down to focus on philanthropy.
Microsoft could not be reached immediately for comment.
Earlier this month, Bill and Melinda Gates announced that they were getting divorced after 27 years of marriage but would continue to work together at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the largest charitable foundations in the world. Gates used to be the richest person in the world and his net worth is estimated at well over $ 100 billion.
Early sunday The New York Times reported that Gates had “developed a reputation for questionable behavior in work-related environments”.
The Times reported that Gates, at least occasionally, made overtures to women who worked for him at Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Times quoted people with direct knowledge of his behavior.