Bill Gates was known for being a relatively private person despite being a very public persona. Since his divorce from his wife Melinda became public knowledge, though, Bill has had to deal with his personal life being scrutinized in the public arena.
Now information has suffered that it may have been an affair that Bill had with a former employee back in the 2000s what ultimately lead to his stepping down as CEO of Microsoft. No wonder Melinda was not to pleased to continue married to Bill!
According to the Wall Street Journal, a letter received by Microsoft in 2019 sparked an internal investigation of Gates. The letter contained claims by a Microsoft engineer that she and Bill had had an affair in 2000!
While there is not a ton of information on the affair, it is said to have lasted at least a few years. A spokesperson for Gates actually confirmed the existence of this affair. However, people in Gates’ camp say that this was not the reason why he left the company.
A spokesperson for Bill Gates said in a statement to People,
“There was an affair almost 20 years ago which ended amicably. Bill’s decision to transition off the board was in no way related to this matter. In fact, he had expressed an interest in spending more time on his philanthropy starting several years earlier.”
The existence of an affair does shed light on the fact that Bill was by no means the perfect husband. This news also comes on the back of reports that pair Bill Gates with the infamous Jeffrey Epstein!
Although Bill’s camp does not deny the existence of an affair they do mention that the affair was not what led him to step down. As was mentioned in the previous statement Bill wanted to focus more on his philanthropic work.
Most of the philanthropic work that he did at the time ran through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The couple has mentioned that both are very active in running the foundation. It’s likely that in fact, it wasn’t necessarily the affair that forced him to step down instead, Bill was probably trying to save his marriage.
For years it’s been widely publicized that Bill Gates only planned to leave a fraction of his fortune to his kids. Around 10 million dollars for each of them when he eventually passes away. Many people would be more than happy with a 10 million dollar inheritance. When dad’s worth 128 billion, 10 million is a slap in the face!
Melinda though could be looking to change that through her divorce settlement. Now we get why the kids are over with their mom on a private island and not hanging out with dad.