The romance was revealed after a Microsoft employee detailed the affair in a letter to the board of directors in 2019 - and allegedly requested that Gates' estranged wife Melinda Gates, 56, read the message.
While the probe was still ongoing, Gates, 65, abruptly resigned from the board of directors in March 2020.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Microsoft board decided that Gates should resign after the connection was deemed "inappropriate."
On the same day that Gates announced his departure from Microsoft, he simultaneously announced his resignation from the board of Berkshire Hathaway, which is led by his buddy Warren Buffet.
Bill Gates has resigned from his position as CEO of Microsoft.
The software billionaire said in a news release that he will continue to serve as a technical consultant to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
‘Microsoft received a concern in the latter half of 2019 that Bill Gates sought to initiate an intimate relationship with a company employee in the year 2000,' a Microsoft spokesman told the Wall Street Journal."A committee of the Board reviewed the concern, aided by an outside law firm to conduct a thorough investigation. Throughout the investigation, Microsoft provided extensive support to the employee who raised the concern.’
‘decision to transition off the board was in no way related to this matter. In fact, he had expressed an interest in spending more time on his philanthropy starting several years earlier.’
While still married to Melinda, Gates took two women from Microsoft and his nonprofit organization out on dates, according to the New York Times.
According to the article, Gates informed Epstein that his marriage to Melinda was "toxic," which both men found amusing.
According to the insider, Gates' travels to Epstein's 'lair' were an escape from the marriage because the two were "extremely close."
Gates' advance did not evolve into anything physical since the woman followed his advice.
Gates invited an employee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation out a few years later.
He told her, 'I want to see you.' They were in New York for a business trip when he told her, 'I want to see you.' Will you join me for dinner?'
The woman told the New York Times that the approach made her uneasy, but she shrugged it off.
According to the investigation, there was no expectation that the women would face professional consequences for rejecting Gates' approaches.