The Wall Street Journal: Microsoft directors wanted Gates to quit board over inappropriate relationship

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Microsoft Corp. board members decided that Bill Gates needed to step down from its board in 2020 as they pursued an investigation into the billionaire’s prior romantic relationship with a female Microsoft employee that was deemed inappropriate, people familiar with the matter said.

Members of the board tasked with the matter hired a law firm to conduct an investigation in late 2019 after a Microsoft MSFT, +2.11% engineer alleged in a letter that she had a sexual relationship over years with Gates, the people said.