Microsoft executives reportedly warned Bill Gates to stop emailing an employee years ago – .

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Microsoft executives reportedly warned Bill Gates to stop emailing an employee years ago – .


More than 10 years before he left the Microsoft board in an employee affair investigation, former CEO Bill Gates was warned by two company executives about e- inappropriate emails between him and another woman, The Wall Street Journal reported.

While still employed at Microsoft and serving as chairman of the board, Gates and an employee exchanged “flirtatious” emails and offered the employee the Journal reported. He was married at the time. When confronted with two company executives, Gates reportedly did not deny the exchanges and said he would stop the interaction. Executives informed some members of Microsoft’s board of directors, but the board ultimately decided that since there was no physical interaction between the woman and Gates, no further action was necessary.

In response to a request for comments from The edge, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed the accuracy of Journal report but made no further comment. But company spokesperson Frank Shaw told the Journal that in 2008 the company was made aware of the email exchange, which occurred in 2007. The employee did not filed a complaint about the incident, Shaw told the Journal. He called the emails “flirtatious” but “not overtly sexual” and said Gates had discussed meeting the employee outside of work.

A spokesperson for Gates made a statement to The edge that differs from the company account (and is the same as a comment provided to the Journal): “These claims are false rumors, recycled from sources that have no direct knowledge, and in some cases have significant conflicts of interest. “

In 2019, some Microsoft board members suggested Gates step down as an investigation into an alleged employee affair was underway. Gates resigned from the board in March 2020, before the investigation ended. The employee reportedly wrote in a letter to the board of directors that she had had a multi-year sexual relationship with Gates. He and Melinda French Gates, married for 27 years, finalized their divorce in August.

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