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Scandal for Bill Gates: they reveal that he advanced his departure from Microsoft because he was being investigated for a love affair with an employee


It was published by the Wall Street Journal. The data comes in the middle of his multimillionaire divorce with Melinda, his ex.

05/17/2021 1:09 AM

  • Clarí

  • Technology

Updated 05/17/2021 1:11 AM

The divorce of Bill Gates takes on a scandal dimension: 

The Wall Street Journal

published an investigation this Sunday in which it affirms that the businessman

had to resign

his place at Microsoft due to

an extramarital affair 

he had with an employee of the company he founded.

According to the publication, in 2020, members of the Microsoft Corp. board decided that it was not appropriate for its co-founder Gates to maintain his position on the board while they

carried out an investigation into that love relationship

, which they considered


The newspaper, citing confidential sources, reported in its online edition that members of the corporate council

hired a law


at the end of 2019

to carry out an investigation, after

a Microsoft engineer claimed in a letter

that she had

a dye relationship. sex with Gates

for several years.

The publication reported, citing someone else familiar with the matter, that Gates

resigned before

the council concluded its investigation.

A Gates spokeswoman who was not identified by name admitted to the newspaper that there was

an affair almost 20 years ago

and it ended "amicably." The spokeswoman told the Journal that "his decision to gradually leave the council is in no way related to this issue. ''

In announcing his departure from Microsoft's board of directors last year, Gates said he was doing so

to focus on

his philanthropic endeavors


In an email sent to 

The Associated Press

on Sunday night, Microsoft indicated that "in the second half of 2019 it received information that Bill Gates attempted to have an intimate relationship with a company employee

in 2000.


"A committee of the board of directors reviewed the information, with the help of an external legal firm, to carry out a



. Throughout the



Microsoft provided broad support to the employee

who brought the accusation," continued the message.

Bill and Melinda Gates announced their divorce after 27 years of marriage.

Gates' sexual behavior and his divorce

Earlier this month, Bill and Melinda Gates announced their divorce

after 27 years of marriage

, but indicated that they would continue to work together at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the world's largest charities.

Gates became the richest person on the planet, and today his fortune - the fourth of a person in the world - is estimated to exceed

100 billion dollars


Hours earlier Sunday, The New York Times reported that the billionaire had developed "a reputation for

questionable behavior

in work settings."

The Times reported that, on at least a few occasions, Gates made

advances to women who worked for him

at Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The newspaper cited people with direct knowledge of his behavior.

On May 3, the disarmed couple announced their divorce through

a statement

posted on Twitter.

“After working hard on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage.

In the past 27 years,

we have raised three amazing children

and built a foundation that works around the world to promote healthy and productive lives.

We will continue to share our beliefs in that mission and we will continue working together in the foundation, but we no longer believe that we can grow together as a couple in this new phase of our lives ”, they expressed.

- Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 3, 2021

Paradoxically, or perhaps not, Bill met Melinda because she

was a Marketing Manager at Microsoft


For decades, the couple has been a prominent player on the world stage and their

enormous charitable contributions

gave them access to the highest levels of government, the business sector and non-profit organizations.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been

immensely influential

in fields ranging from global health to early childhood education and has made great strides in reducing deaths from malaria and other infectious diseases.

In the past year, the couple have been especially visible, regularly commenting on the global fight against Covid-19, as their foundation

spent more than $ 1 billion to fight the pandemic


It is estimated that for the divorce they will have to distribute around 130 billion dollars and although they did not have a prenuptial agreement, having a good relationship there would be no problems due to the

division of assets


According to Bill and Melinda Gates said years ago, their children will only receive $ 10 million each.

The rest would be donated

to charitable causes and scientific research.

With information from AP


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