During the investigation, several members were concerned about the accusations. They decided that Gates, who founded the technology company in 1975, should step down as board director.
But the billionaire is still re-elected to Microsoft’s board at its annual shareholders meeting. However, Gates resigned before the investigation was completed and said he wanted to focus on the Gates Foundation.
“Microsoft is concerned in the second half of 2019 that Bill Gates is seeking to initiate an intimate relationship with a company employee in 2000,” said a Microsoft spokesman.
“A board committee reviewed the matter, assisted by an outside law firm to conduct a thorough investigation. During the investigation, Microsoft provided extensive support to employees who raised concerns, “he continued.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Gates admitted that there was an affair nearly 20 years ago that ended amicably. He denied that his decision to resign from the board was related to his affair.
“In fact, he had expressed an interest in spending more time on his philanthropic activities starting a few years earlier,” said a spokesman for Gates.
The report comes after detailing how Gates pursued several women in his office, long after he married Melinda in 1994. The New York Times reported two instances when the tech mogul clumsily asked about the women who worked for him at Microsoft and the Gates Foundation.
The two incidents and other recent incidents created an uncomfortable work environment, with Gates’ personal life the subject of gossip among employees. This was disclosed by six staff and former staff to the newspaper. It is not clear how much Melinda knows about her husband’s behavior.