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Entertainment Microsoft Board Pushed Out Bill Gates Over Affair With Staffer (Report)

04:55  17 may  2021
04:55  17 may  2021 Source:   thewrap.com

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Microsoft board of directors moved to remove Bill Gates from its board in 2020 as it investigated the billionaire's prior romantic relationship with an employee at the tech company, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal. Gates, however, stepped down on his own accord before they were able to follow through with their plan.

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According to the WSJ, 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. Some members were concerned about the relationship in the wake of the #MeToo movement and felt that it would not be appropriate for Gates to continue in a leadership role at Microsoft at a time when workplace harassment and misconduct was coming under unprecedented public scrutiny.

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Gates resigned from the company in March 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."

The New York Times also reported on Sunday that Gates had "pursued" several women over the past 27 years, including one Microsoft employee who said that Gates asked her to dinner in 2006 in an email that also said ""If this makes you uncomfortable, pretend it never happened." Some years later, another woman who worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said she was also asked out by Gates.

Bill and Melinda Gates’ Love Story Revisited: A Timeline

  Bill and Melinda Gates’ Love Story Revisited: A Timeline Bill Gates and Melinda Gates have announced their plans to divorce, which came as a shock to many after they shared 27 years of marriage. “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” they shared in a statement on Monday, May 3. “Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives. We continue to share a believer in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.” The couple met in 1987 when Melinda started working at Microsoft, the company Bill founded. “She had other boyfriends, and I had Microsoft,” Bill said in the 2019 Netflix miniseries Inside Bill’s Brain. “We were like, ‘Hey we are not really serious about each other, are we? We are not going to demand each other’s time.’” Eventually, after the romance got serious, Bill made a pro/con list for whether he should propose (really), and they decided to embark on a life together. Bill and Melinda married in 1994 at a Hawaiian destination wedding. The two welcomed their first child, daughter Jennifer in 1996. Son Rory arrived in 1999 and daughter Phoebe followed in 2002. Though the mother of three eventually stepped back from her job at Microsoft after nine years, she continued working with her husband.

Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates announced their divorce on May 3, agreeing to divide their $130 billion fortune while continuing to work together as co-chairs of their philanthropic foundation. The Times and WSJ report that the divorce was set in motion in October 2019 shortly after reports surfaced of Gates' ties to Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of underage sex trafficking and soliciting prostitution from a minor. It is unclear exactly how much French Gates knew about Gates' connection to Epstein, and Gates' representatives have vehemently denied that Epstein's ties played a factor.

""Your characterization of his meetings with Epstein and others about philanthropy is inaccurate, including who participated," a spokesperson wrote to the Times. "Similarly, any claim that Gates spoke of his marriage or Melinda in a disparaging manner is false. The claim of mistreatment of employees is also false. The rumors and speculation surrounding Gates's divorce are becoming increasingly absurd, and it's unfortunate that people who have little to no knowledge of the situation are being characterized as 'sources.'"

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