Microsoft performed a probe into co-founder Invoice Gates’s involvement with an worker nearly 20 years in the past after it was instructed in 2019 that he had tried to begin a romantic relationship with the individual, the corporate stated on Monday.
Microsoft stated it obtained data within the latter half of 2019 that Gates “had sought to provoke an intimate relationship with an organization worker within the 12 months 2000,” a Microsoft spokesperson stated in an announcement.
“A committee of the board reviewed the priority, aided by an out of doors legislation agency to conduct a radical investigation. All through the investigation, Microsoft offered intensive help to the worker who raised the priority,” the assertion stated.
The Wall Road Journal reported on Sunday that Microsoft’s board had determined that Gates’s involvement with the feminine worker was inappropriate and he wanted to step down in 2020, citing individuals acquainted with the matter.
The Microsoft spokesperson declined to touch upon whether or not the board had determined Gates ought to go.
In an announcement to the Wall Road Journal, a spokesperson for Gates stated his resolution to go away the board of Microsoft had nothing to do along with his involvement with an worker.
“There was an affair nearly 20 years in the past which ended amicably. Invoice’s resolution to transition off the board was by no means associated to this matter,” the assertion stated.
“Actually, he had expressed an curiosity in spending extra time on his philanthropy beginning a number of years earlier.”
A spokesperson for the Gates Basis instructed Reuters it stood by the assertion to the paper.
The billionaire, who co-founded Microsoft in 1975 and served as its CEO till 2000, stated in March 2020 that he was stepping down from the board to focus extra on philanthropy.
Gates and his spouse, Melinda, filed for divorce earlier this month after 27 years of marriage.