A spokesperson for Bill Gates denied the allegations but stated that he had an affair that ended amicably in 2000.
Bill Gates and Melinda's divorce announcement sparked a lot of allegations against the Microsoft founder, most of which included his interest in pursuing women working under him while he was married.
According to People, a lengthy New York Times report stated that the 65-year-old founder exhibited "questionable conduct in work-related settings." It further alleged Gates made attempts to have relationships with women who worked for him at Microsoft and at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
As per the report, Gates once asked a female employee out for dinner and emailed her saying, "If this makes you uncomfortable, pretend it never happened." Another time, the billionaire asked out a female employee while he was on a work trip in New York with the foundation, he co-founded with his estranged wife. "I want to see you. Will you have dinner with me?" asked Gates to the woman.
Another article published by Wall Street Journal claimed that that billionaire was forced to step down from the Microsoft board in 2020 as a result of an investigation into his past affair with an employee. However, Gates denied the claims. But he revealed that he had an affair with a staffer about 20 years ago that ended amicably.
Further, a spokesperson for Gates said, "It is extremely disappointing that there have been so many untruths published about the cause, the circumstances, and the timeline of Bill Gates's divorce."
Bill Gates 'forced to quit Microsoft board after affair with staffer' https://t.co/f209QR4IKq— The Sun (@TheSun) May 17, 2021
They continued, "Similarly, any claim that Gates spoke of his marriage or Melinda in a disparaging manner is false. The claim of mistreatment of employees is also false. The rumors and speculation surrounding Gates's divorce are becoming increasingly absurd, and it's unfortunate that people who have little to no knowledge of the situation are being characterized as 'sources.'"
Meanwhile, an insider stated that Melinda was aware of some of her husband's indiscretions at Microsoft. "Melinda was aware there were some issues, but it's unclear if she knew about all of it," said the source, according to People.
Melinda Gates ‘Was Aware’ Bill Had ‘Some Issues,’ Source Says After Rep Confirms His Affair https://t.co/pOzsH5TLiA— People (@people) May 18, 2021
Gates and Melinda announced the news of their divorce via Twitter on May 3, 2021. Though it was a surprise to the world, many in the couple's inner circle saw it coming. "It's many years of differing views of the world, the foundation, and of life in general, and those things piling up. They are older and each personally looked at life and asked, 'Is there more out there than what I have?'" said a source, according to People.
Another said, "He could have treated Melinda better. He's not a saint, but there isn't one thing that created the final split. It goes deeper than that."