When Bill Gates resigned from Microsoft’s board in 2020, the company was investigating an alleged relationship with an employee of Gates. According to a report by Wall Street Journal, In 2019 the company’s board received a letter from a Microsoft engineer claiming that his and Gates’ affair began in 2000 and lasted for several years.
The board began investigating the case and several board members reportedly became concerned, further suggesting that Bill Gates should step down from his role as director. Despite those concerns – and amid ongoing scrutiny – Gates was reelected for his position at an annual shareholder meeting. Shortly thereafter, Gates resigned before the investigation was completed.
Other reports indicate that Bill Gates may have approached habitual women at both Microsoft and the Gates Foundation under his employment. We got the full scoop below.
Melinda Gates recently announced that she was ending her twenty-seven-year marriage. She first met Bill Gates in 1987 when she was working as a product manager at Microsoft. In a 2016 appearance at Salesforce, Melinda Gates provided some details about their early office romance. She said that Bill molested her at a work conference and later asked her when they met in the parking lot.
The two married in 1994, but Bill Gates reportedly continued to chase women in office. Wall Street Journal First reported an affair between Bill Gates and a Microsoft engineer in 2000. Gates resigned from his post at Microsoft, while the company’s board was still investigating the incident.
“About twenty years ago there was an affair that ended amicably,” said Bill Gates spokesman Bridgit Arnold. Arnold says that the matter had nothing to do with Mr. Gates leaving Microsoft. At the time, Gates said he was leaving the company to focus on his philanthropy.
According to a report by the new York Times, Bill Gates contacted another female Microsoft employee in 2006. After watching one of his presentations, Gates allegedly sent an email asking him to meet and instructed him to “pretend it never happened” if the request made him uncomfortable.
times It also reported that Bill Gates made the move to a woman working with him at the Gates Foundation. While the two were attending a cocktail party, Gates reportedly lowered his voice, saying he wanted to see her and invited her to dinner. times The report states that six current and former employees of Gates companies have stated that their habitual behavior created an uneasy working environment.
Effect on marriage
It is unclear whether Melinda Gates was aware of these incidents and how much of an impact they had on her decision to file for divorce. times The report stated that a 2017 incident could have a greater impact. Bill & Melinda Gates received a letter from a lawyer claiming that Bill’s money manager, Michael Larson, was sexually harassing the manager of a bicycle shop within Bill Gates’ investment portfolio.
In 2018, the woman reached an agreement, requiring her to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Allegedly, Bill Gates was satisfied with the result, but his wife was not. Melinda Gates hired a law firm to conduct an independent investigation into the incident. Larson was placed on leave during the investigation, but eventually retained his post.
About a year after that incident, times Bill Gates’ relationship with Jeffrey Epstein was reported. Allegedly, the revelations of that article deeply upset Melinda Gates. In 2019 she hired divorce lawyers, and earlier this month the couple announced that they were ending their marriage. Ms Gates said her marriage was “unexpectedly broken”.
Bill Gates will always be remembered for his work on Microsoft, but these recent developments have completely tarnished his legacy and implicated him as another powerful figure abusing his position. What are your thoughts on these new charges? Tell us in the comments.