Η Bill Gates resigns in 2020 by Microsoft, came after the board hired a law firm to investigate an alleged love affair that Gates had with an employee of the company, according to news report of her newspaper Wall Street. The newspaper reported on 16 May According to "insiders", a Microsoft engineer "claimed in a letter that she had been having an affair with Gates for years".
During the investigation, some board members decided that it was no longer necessary for Gates to serve as the company's director. software which started and led for decades. Gates resigned before the board's investigation was completed, according to Wall Street. The employee was not named in the newspaper article, while these allegations have not been confirmed so far..
A spokesman for the tech giant said on 16 May on CNN Business the following: "The Micrsoft was informed in the last half of 2019 that Bill Gates tried to have an affair with an employee of the company in 2000. A committee of the board examined the issue, with the help of an external law firm, for a thorough investigation. "Throughout the investigation, Microsoft provided extensive support to the employee who made this allegation."
In addition, a Gates spokesman said: "There was a case about 20 years ago that ended amicably. Bill's decision to leave the board had nothing to do with this issue. "He just wanted to spend more time on his charity work."
The WSJ report was published shortly after an article by New York Times reported that Gates "developed a reputation for questionable behavior toward employees."
The Times reported that "Gates was chasing women who worked for him at Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation". However, they did not mention the names of those involved.
A Gates spokesman told the Times "It is extremely disappointing that so many untruths have been published about the cause, circumstances and timing of Bill Gates' divorce.".
The spokesman added that "Allegations of ill-treatment of officials are also false" and that rumors and speculation about Gates' divorce are becoming increasingly absurd, while it is unfortunate that people who are unaware of the situation are being branded "sources". . »
The Times' allegations have also not been confirmed so far. Representatives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation declined to comment.
The Wall Street Journal reported on 9 May that Melinda Gates has been meeting lawyers since 2019 as she plotted the divorce. The newspaper also reported that previous revelations that Bill Gates had spent time with Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender, was one of the reasons that led her to this decision. Apparently, Melinda Gates was worried about Epstein's relationship with Gates.
The New York Times quoted him October of 2019 that Bill Gates had met Epstein "many times" since 2011. Nevertheless, Bill Gates denied any business relationship or friendship with Epstein.
Earlier this month, Melinda Gates - Bill Gates's wife and co-founder of their foundation - filed for divorce after 27 years of marriage. In an announcement of their divorce, the couple said the following: "After much thought and a lot of work in our relationship, we decided to end our marriage."
Bill Gates is one of the richest people in the world. Its net worth is $ 144 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index ranking.