Microsoft board members thought Gates should step down after alleged affair with employee: WSJ

Bill Gates during 8th International Conference on Agriculture Statistics in New Delhi
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Some of Microsoft’s board members concluded that Bill Gates should step down last year as an investigation was being conducted into an alleged affair with an employee, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Gates ultimately resigned from the board in March 2020, which the WSJ says was before the investigation had been completed.

The board reportedly hired a law firm in 2019 to investigate the matter following a Microsoft employee alleging in a letter that she had had a sexual relationship with Gates over many years. The employee, who was an engineer at the company, is said to have asked that Melinda French Gates, who was married to Bill at the time, read her letter, though it’s unclear whether that actually happened. Gates…

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