Microsoft Board Decided to Oust Bill Gates Over Affair With Staffer

Spokesperson for Gates says his decision to leave the tech giant was for unrelated reasons

Jeremy Fuster

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 18: American businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates makes a speech at the Malaria Summit at 8 Northumberland Avenue on April 18, 2018 in London, England. The Malaria Summit is being held today to urge Commonwealth leaders to commit to halve cases of malaria across the Commonwealth within the next five years with a target to 650,000 lives. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Just days after Bill and Melinda Gates announced their divorce, new reports have surfaced revealing that the Microsoft board of directors had been leaning towards removing Gates following an investigation into the billionaire’s prior romantic relationship with an employee at the tech company.

According to the Wall Street Journal, members of the Microsoft board launched an investigation in 2019 after receiving a letter from an employee saying that Gates sought to “initiate an intimate relationship” with her 19 years prior. Gates resigned from the company in 2020 before the investigation was completed.

““There was an affair almost 20 years ago which ended amicably,” a Gates spokesperson told WSJ. “[His] 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.”

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