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New Report Claims Bill Gates ‘Developed a Reputation for Questionable Conduct’ In The Office

The story of how Bill Gates and his now-estranged wife Melinda Gates met is notoriously one of an office romance. According to reports, the couple met in 1987 at a dinner party in New York City after Melinda was brought onto become a product manager at Microsoft. In Netflix’s 2019 series “Inside Bill’s Brain,” Melinda described her first impression of Gates. “He was funny and very high energy,” she explained. The two eventually tied the knot in 1994, but recently the couple announced that after nearly three decades of marriage, they were getting divorced.

Now, as reports about their impending divorce continue to develop and circulate, questions about Bill Gates’ character and role as a leader are coming to the surface. Surprisingly, many of the answers to these questions are casting a new light on the original dynamic between Gates and Melinda.

A new report by the New York Times report is revealing that Bill Gates allegedly was notorious for pursuing women who worked beneath him.

Published this past Sunday, the report claimed that the Microsoft cofounder gained a reputation “questionable conduct in work-related settings.” More surprising, the report underlined that “In 2019, Microsoft’s board of directors, on which Mr. Gates sat, opened an investigation into one of those cases after being notified that he had “sought to initiate an intimate relationship with a company employee in the year 2000,” Frank X. Shaw, a Microsoft spokesman, said on Sunday. The board hired a law firm to investigate. The following year, Mr. Gates stepped down from Microsoft’s board. The Wall Street Journal reported the 2000 incident and the board’s investigation.”

A spokesperson for Bill has denied “the claim of mistreatment of employees” is false.

In the surprising report, the Times highlighted an instance in 2006, when Bill emailed a female employee who’d given him a presentation and then asked her to dinner.

“If this makes you uncomfortable, pretend it never happened,” Bill instructed in the email according to the Times. “The announcement of their divorce has brought attention to a marriage whose dissolution has large social and financial implications,” The New York Times stated. “Multiple people said that during their marriage, Mr. Gates engaged in work-related behavior that they said was inappropriate for a person at the helm of a major publicly-traded company and one of the world’s most influential philanthropies.”

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