Bill Gates, 65, is now admitting that he cheated on his soon-to-be ex-wife, Melinda Gates, 56, before their split. However, he claims that the affair had nothing to do with his “transition off the board”.
The rather startling news comes after the Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft’s board of directors moved to remove him from its board in 2020 as it investigated the billionaire’s prior romantic relationship with an employee at the tech company.
While the board launched an investigation in 2019 after receiving a letter from an employee saying Bill Gates sought to “initiate an intimate relationship” with her in 2000, according to the Journal, he resigned from the company in March 2020 — before the investigation was completed.
Bill and Melinda Gates, who were married for 27 years, announced their split in a statement on social media in early May, saying they “no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives” but “will continue our work together” at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.