Microsoft Corp. conducted an investigation into co-founder Bill Gates's involvement with an employee almost two decades ago after it was informed in 2019 of his attempt to start a romantic relationship with her.
The board reviewed the matter and held a "thorough investigation" with the help of an external law firm, the software giant said. It didn't reach a conclusion to the probe because Gates had stepped down before it was completed, Microsoft said.
"Microsoft received a concern on 2019 that Bill Gates sought to initiate an intimate relationship with a company employee in the year 2000," Microsoft said in a statement. "A committee of the Board reviewed the concern, aided by an outside law firm, to conduct a thorough investigation. Throughout the investigation.
But, a spokeswoman for Gates said his decision to leave the board has nothing to do with the romantic involvement with an employee.
"There was an affair almost 20 years ago which ended amicably," she said, adding that his "decision to transition off the board was in no way related to this matter."
Now bill gates and melinda has divorced early this month after been married for 27years .
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