It was belatedly known that Microsoft founder Bill Gates received a warning from management after sending an e-mail to a female employee of the company 14 years ago. Earlier, even after the divorce was announced in May, past affair was revealed.
According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on the 18th (local time), before Gates stepped down as Microsoft chairman in 2008, the company’s legal chief and other executives received inappropriate e-mails between Gates and a female employee. This is the story of Gates, who was married, asking an employee to have a date outside the company after work. At the time, the then legal chiefs Brad Smith and Lisa Brummel, chief human resources officer (CPO), demanded self-respect in an interview with Gates, who reportedly said, “Looking back, it wasn’t a good idea. I’ll stop.”
Microsoft spokesman Frank Shaw told the newspaper that “it wasn’t an e-mail with profanity or anything that was explicitly sexual.” Sources familiar with the news said Gates offered the woman a bed. However, Gates spokeswoman Bridget Arnold said:
Gates ended their 27-year marriage to Melinda French Gates this year. As public attention was paid to the reason for the divorce, it was revealed that Gates had had an affair with a woman who worked as a company engineer in the early 2000s. It is known that Microsoft’s board of directors completely resigned from the board last year after receiving a letter from the woman writing about the affair at the end of 2019 and conducting a secret investigation.
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