In March 2020, Bill Gates left his seat as administrator of the Microsoft group he had founded in 1975. A position he would have been pushed to leave. Possible according to information from the Wall Street Journal, published this Sunday, May 16. Microsoft’s board members had decided that Bill Gates should step down from his board in 2020 as they investigated the billionaire’s relationship with a Microsoft employee who was deemed inappropriate, “the newspaper said, citing a source familiar with the matter.
“An affair dating from 20 years ago which ended in a friendly manner”
According to a spokesperson for the IT group, “Bill Gates sought to establish an intimate relationship with an employee of the company in 2000. A committee of the board of directors examined the problem, assisted by a law firm. external, to conduct a thorough investigation “. The employee, an engineer at Microsoft, had said, in a letter, to have maintained a relationship of a sexual nature with Bill Gates “for years”, relates the Wall Street Journal, before specifying that the resignation of the billionaire had taken place before the end of this investigation. The billionaire’s spokesperson commented on this information, indicating that it was “an affair dating from 20 years ago which ended in a friendly manner”. He also reaffirmed that Bill Gates had left his post at Microsoft to invest full time in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a foundation created with his future ex-wife, Melinda Gates, which fights against poverty and disease.
The business daily also indicates that members of the board of directors of Microsoft were interested in the links that Bill Gates had with Jeffrey Epstein, prosecuted for trafficking in minors. The defense of Bill Gates affirmed that it was about “philanthropic relations”, which he had “regretted”, underlines the daily newspaper.
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