The business’s panel realized in 2019 that a Microsoft designer penned a letter affirming that she and Gates had a sex-related relationship throughout the years, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The woman asked for adjustments to her Microsoft work and additionally inquired that Gates’ now-estranged wife Melinda read her letter, but it’s uncertain if that occurred.
Board members tapped the services of a law office to carry out an investigation into the relationship, the WSJ wrote.
During the probing, some members became worried concerning the accusation and made a decision that Gates, that established the technology organization in 1975, must step down as director of the panel.
But the billionaire was actually still re-elected to Microsoft’s board at the yearly investor conference, the WSJ indicated. He resigned prior to the investigation being finished, stating he would like to concentrate on his charity work.
“Microsoft received a concern in the latter half of 2019 that Bill Gates sought to initiate an intimate relationship with a company employee in the year 2000,” a Microsoft representative stated.
“A committee of the Board reviewed the concern, aided by an outside law firm to conduct a thorough investigation. Throughout the investigation, Microsoft provided extensive support to the employee who raised the concern.”
A spokesperson for Gates confessed that “There was an affair almost 20 years ago which ended amicably.”
She refuted that his choice to leave the panel was associated with the affair, and added that, “In fact, he had expressed an interest in spending more time on his philanthropy starting several years earlier.”
The WSJ story happened after yet another one on Sunday that went in-depth about just how Gates “pursued” a number of women in his workplace long after he tied the knot with the now-estranged spouse Melinda in 1994.
The New York Times mentioned 2 occasions where the technology tycoon awkwardly asked women out that were employed by him at Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The 2 occurrences as well as other recent ones resulted in an uncomfortable workplace, along with Gates’ private lifestyle coming to be chatter fodder amongst workers, 6 present and past employees said.
It’s uncertain just how much Melinda learned about her hubby’s habits.
The pair stated they were ending their 27-year marital relationship earlier in May, stating “We no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.” In a divorce request, Melinda mentioned their marital relationship was actually “irretrievably broken.”
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