bill gates left microsoft board amid affair with employee
Bill Gates [photo courtesy]
byMay 20, 2021
According to the Wall Street Journal, Bill Gates is reported to have left the Microsoft board in 2020 as the board pursued an investigation into the billionaire's romantic relationship with a female employee.
The founder and former head of the US technology giant stepped down as board chair in March 2020.
"Microsoft Corp. board members decided that Bill Gates needed to step down from its board in 2020 as they pursued an investigation into the billionaire's prior romantic relationship with a female Microsoft employee that was deemed inappropriate," the Journal reported, citing people close to the matter.
According to the spokeswoman, Gates left Microsoft to focus more on his philanthropic organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Gates and his wife Melinda, who co-founded their charity two decades ago to battle global poverty and disease, announced their divorce on May 3 after 27 years of marriage.