Microsoft Probed Bill Gates’ Past Affair With Employee Before He Left Board

Written by on May 16, 2021

Board members for Microsoft decided in 2020 that the corporate’s co-founder, Invoice Gates, wanted to step down from his personal function on the board amid an investigation right into a previous affair with a feminine Microsoft worker, in response to a brand new report.

The Wall Avenue Journal, citing individuals accustomed to the matter, first reported on Sunday that the corporate employed a regulation agency to analyze the claims after an engineer wrote a letter in 2019 that detailed a previous relationship Gates had with a feminine worker. The corporate confirmed it opened what it known as a “thorough investigation” on the time, though it didn’t say if it had urged Gates to go away his put up on the tech behemoth. 

“Microsoft acquired a priority within the latter half of 2019 that Invoice Gates sought to provoke an intimate relationship with an organization worker within the yr 2000,” a Microsoft spokesperson mentioned in an emailed assertion. “A committee of the board reviewed the priority, aided by an outdoor regulation agency, to conduct a radical investigation. All through the investigation, Microsoft supplied intensive help to the worker who raised the priority.”

Gates resigned from the board in March 2020, in addition to the board of Berkshire Hathaway, saying on the time he did so “to dedicate extra time to philanthropic priorities.”

In a press release to the Journal, a Gates spokeswoman confirmed “there was an affair nearly 20 years in the past which ended amicably,” however insisted Gates stepped down of his personal accord.

“[His] resolution to transition off the board was by no means associated to this matter,” the spokeswoman added. “The truth is, he had expressed an curiosity in spending extra time on his philanthropy beginning a number of years earlier.”

The report provides new scrutiny to Gates’ conduct following information of his divorce. Invoice and Melinda French Gates, who have been married for 27 years, introduced their separation earlier this month, saying they “now not consider we are able to develop collectively as a pair on this subsequent part of our lives.”

In its personal report on Sunday, The New York Instances mentioned Gates had developed a fame at Microsoft for questionable conduct round girls. The outlet, citing individuals with data of his conduct, mentioned he often pursued feminine staff, together with one occasion the place he emailed a lady after a presentation to ask her out for dinner. 

“If this makes you uncomfortable, faux it by no means occurred,” the e-mail, which was learn to the Instances, reportedly mentioned.

The Instances additionally added extra element about Gates’ scrutinized contact with Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced financier who was charged with intercourse trafficking of women. The outlet revealed a narrative in 2019 noting the 2 males had flown collectively on Epstein’s personal jet and attended occasions at Epstein’s townhouse, particulars of which reportedly prompted Melinda Gates to rent divorce attorneys.

The Instances added that particulars in its story have been new info to Melinda Gates. Gates has not been accused of any wrongdoing in relation to Epstein and has mentioned publicly that he regrets his contact with the person. A spokesperson advised the paper on Sunday that Gates had solely met with him to debate his philanthropic pursuits.

Epstein later died by suicide whereas in federal custody in 2019.

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