According to WSJ, the departure of the Microsoft founder was not voluntary.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates was forced in 2020 to resign from the board of directors of this American corporation due to an investigation into allegations of inappropriate relations with one of the employees. The Wall Street Journal, citing its own sources, reported this.
Gates himself attributed this move to a desire to focus on charity. “I have decided to step down from the board of directors at Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway to devote more time to my philanthropic priorities, including global health, development, education, and climate change,” he wrote on LinkedIn a year ago.
According to the publication, the departure was not voluntary. “The members of the board [of directors] of Microsoft decided that Bill Gates should resign from its membership in 2020, as they were investigating the billionaire’s previous romantic relationship with a Microsoft employee, which was considered inappropriate,” the newspaper wrote. The reason for the investigation, which the law firm was involved in, was a complaint from an employee of the corporation, who claimed that Gates had maintained an intimate relationship with her for several years. The entrepreneur announced his resignation from the board of directors of Microsoft before the completion of the proceedings and a decision on this matter by the full board, the publication claims. A representative of Gates denied the publication. “There was a love relationship almost 20 years ago that ended in a friendly way,” she told the publication. “The decision to resign from the council has nothing to do with this case. In fact, he had begun to show an interest in charity work a few years earlier.”