Bill Gates had to leave the board of Microsoft because of a relationship with an employee of the corporation. This decision was made by the board of directors, who considered such relations inappropriate, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Bill Gates left the company's board in March 2020, three months after he was re-elected as the head of Microsoft.
According to WSJ sources, the corporation initiated an investigation into Gates in 2019, after receiving a letter from one of the employees, who reported that for several years she and Gates had an intimate relationship.
During the investigation of the adventures of the head of the company, dating back to 2000, a number of board members came to the conclusion that Gates did not belong at the head of the company that he founded. The management did not want the head of the corporation to be a person involved in a sensitive situation, against the background of the loud MeToo movement.
As a result, Gates resigned immediately after the investigation was completed, the source said.
A Gates spokeswoman said the decision to leave the company was not related to the events described. The founder of Microsoft stated his desire to engage exclusively in charitable projects a few years earlier. However, she confirmed that Gates did have a relationship вЂњalmost 20 years agoвЂќ that ended вЂњamicably.вЂќ
Earlier it became known that Bill and Melinda Gates decided to terminate their marriage. lasting 27 years. The couple met in 1987 when Melinda came to work at Microsoft. The wedding took place in 1994. The marriage produced three children.
Bill Gates is one of the five richest entrepreneurs in the world. His fortune is estimated at $127 billion.
Earlier it became known that Melinda Gates received shares of several companies worth more than $3 billion after her divorce from Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Before the divorce, the billionaire's fortune was estimated at $127 billion.