As we all know that Bill and Melinda Gates recently announced their divorce advising that they could no longer grow together. According to The Epoch Times, Bill Gates had left the Microsoft board before the conclusion of the probe into an affair with a Microsoft employee.
Sentiments of the other Microsoft board members
This came from the other board members who were determined to have him step down in 2020 whilst they were still investigating the alleged relationship the billionaire had with a Microsoft employee that was not appropriate. According to Wall Street Journal, in 2019 Microsoft hired a law firm to investigate the relationship after one of the engineers had claimed to have a sexual relationship with Bill Gates for several years.
A spokesperson from Microsoft told The Epoch Times in a statement that:
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.Microsoft spokesperson
Throughout the investigation conducted by the law firm, the employee who had raised the concern received extensive support from Microsoft. On the 13th of March in 2020 Bill Gates resigned before the investigation was finalised and this was soon after his re-election to the board.
Did Bill Gates have an affair with a Microsoft employee?
Bill Gates spokeswoman told WSJ that his decision for leaving the board was not related to the alleged affairs since there was another affair from 20 years ago. She advised that he had expressed an interest in spending more time on his philanthropy starting several years earlier.
Although Bill and Melinda advised the public of their divorce after 27 years of marriage on social media, the two did not specify the reason for the split. According to WSJ, the divorce had been in the works for over several years mainly driven by Melinda’s concerns about her husband’s dealings with the sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Jeffrey Epstein died in a New York federal jail cell in August 2019 while awaiting trial on federal charges related to sex trafficking.
Despite the way things have ended for Bill and Melinda Gates, the two both run the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and they have a beautiful love story. You can read more about the love story – how they meet, their marriage, their kids and the divorce.