Bill Gates resigns from Microsoft and gives a reason for his departure

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ill Gates, American computer programmer, businessman, and philanthropist

Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, had "inappropriate" sexual contact with a female employee in 2000, and quit while the corporate board examined the relationship.

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, Gates resigned from Berkshire Hathaway's board of directors.

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.’

Gates' decision to resign from the board had nothing to do with the scandal, according to a spokesman.

"There was an affair almost 20 years ago which ended amicably".

The spokeswoman told the Journal his
‘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.’

The news of Gates' extramarital affair came only hours after two separate bombshell reports about the breakdown of their marriage. It's the first time he's admitted straying on his divorced wife.

While still married to Melinda, Gates took two women from Microsoft and his nonprofit organization out on dates, according to the New York Times.

Melinda, who now goes by the name Melinda French Gates, was also dissatisfied with the handling of sexual harassment charges against Michael Larson, one of Gates' main lieutenants and the manager of his personal money.

Meanwhile, The Daily Beast reported that between 2011 and 2014, Gates met with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein dozens of times in his $77 million Manhattan home, significantly more than previously reported.

According to the article, Gates informed Epstein that his marriage to Melinda was "toxic," which both men found amusing.

According to a person who attended the sessions, Gates suggested Epstein become associated with the couple's humanitarian organization to'rehabilitate his image' following his 2008 conviction for soliciting a child for prostitution.

According to the insider, Gates' travels to Epstein's 'lair' were an escape from the marriage because the two were "extremely close."

Bill and Melinda Gates, one of the world's wealthiest couples with a combined fortune of $130 billion, announced their divorce earlier this month, with Melinda stating in divorce papers that the marriage is "irretrievably destroyed."

According to the New York Times, Gates asked a Microsoft employee out in 2006 after hearing her give a presentation.

If this makes you uncomfortable, pretend it never happened,’ Gates emailed the employee, according to the Times.

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.