Bill Gates' Resignation from Microsoft Linked to Affair with Female Employee

Bill Gates' Resignation from Microsoft Linked to Affair with Female Employee

- An affair Bill Gates had with a female worker at Microsoft has been brought to light amid divorce settlement

- The relationship occurred 20 years ago while Bill Gates was still married to Melinda Gates

- Reports said the billionaire was investigated for the affair and the board asked the Microsoft founder to step down

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Last year when Bill Gates quit the board of Microsoft, he said his decision was driven by philanthropy, but new report is linking Gates' exit to an affair which occurred almost 20 years ago.

He was said to be under investigation for the affair in 2019, with the board of Microsoft requesting Gates step down from the board while the probe was ongoing.

The alleged affair is with an unnamed Microsoft engineer, who disclosed her relationship with him in a letter. This was revealed as Gates and his wife, Melinda, are undergoing divorce settlement.

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The directors didn't feel it was right for him to be on the board in 2020 while the investigation last, which is the same year Gates resigned to face philanthropy. But a spokeswoman said the billionaire didn't resign because of the probe, Reuters reported.

Bill Gates' Resignation from Microsoft Linked to Affair with Female Employee
Bill Gates, Microsoft founder. Photo: CBS Television Network
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Reason for the probe wasn't stated, but the affair reportedly ended amicably. However, The New York Times said the billionaire developed reputation for questionable conduct in work-related settings.

It was reported that women who worked at Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation experienced advances from Gates on few occasions. He still oversees the foundation.

Note that Gates had left the board of Microsoft before the investigation was concluded. The result of the investigation which was conducted by a law firm was not made known.

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Jumia generated €27.4 million revenue in three months in the first quarter of this year. Although the turnover fell compared to €29.3 million of Q1 2020.

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The company's revenue dropped when Jumia reduced its advertisement expenses in the first quarter. The advert cost was cut to €8.1 million in Q1 2021, against €8.9 million spent in Q1 2020.

However, Jumia's marketplace revenue rose by 5.9% to €20.4 million between January and March, surpassing the €19.1 million generated by the e-commerce company last year first quarter.


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