Gates quit Microsoft card amid relationship investigation: report – fr

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Gates quit Microsoft card amid relationship investigation: report – fr


Washington (AFP)

Bill Gates stepped down from Microsoft’s board in 2020 as the board continued an investigation into the billionaire’s romantic relationship with an employee, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

The founder and former chief of the US tech giant resigned as chairman of the board in March 2020.

“Members of the board of directors of Microsoft Corp. decided that Bill Gates should step down from his board of directors in 2020 as they pursue an investigation into the billionaire’s previous romantic relationship with a Microsoft employee who was deemed inappropriate, ”the Journal reported, citing people close to him. matter.

It was “a case almost 20 years ago that ended amicably,” a spokeswoman for Gates told the Journal.

According to the spokesperson, 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 fight global poverty and disease, announced their divorce on May 3 after 27 years of marriage.

A Microsoft spokesperson told AFP that the company was alerted in the second half of 2019 that “Bill Gates sought to forge an intimate relationship with an employee of the company in 2000. A board committee of administration examined the problem, helped by an external law. company, to conduct a thorough investigation. “

The employee, an engineer, claimed in a letter that he had sex with Gates “for years,” the Journal reported.

According to the Journal, some board members have also asked about Gates’ connections to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide in prison in 2019 while awaiting trial for alleged child trafficking.

The Gates team assured the board that the Microsoft founder had met Epstein for “philanthropic reasons” and “regretted doing so,” the Journal said.

Gates, who founded Microsoft in 1975, resigned as CEO of the company in 2000, saying he wanted to focus on its foundation.

He left his full-time job at Microsoft in 2008.

His seat as a director, which he left in March 2020, was the last position that officially linked him to the company.

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