Bill Gates was an office bully who brushed-off diversity initiatives as makes an attempt to “destroy” Microsoft — and was as soon as seen mendacity on prime of a girl at a company occasion, in response to a brand new report.
A former Microsoft government told news site Insider that he noticed Gates mendacity on prime of a girl at 5 a.m. throughout a Microsoft retreat at a French Alps ski resort in 1988.
The two have been “just snuggling,” the ex-executive mentioned — however the alleged cuddle session occurred the year after Gates began courting his wife-to-be Melinda.
Elsewhere within the report, former Microsoft board member Maria Klawe accused Gates of dismissing diversity efforts throughout profanity-laden board conferences within the 2010s.
When board members prompt contemplating extra numerous candidates for future government roles, Gates would reportedly reply, “Are you trying to effing destroy the company?”
“The message was, ‘Caring about diversity has nothing to do with the success of Microsoft,’” mentioned Klawe, a board member from 2009 to 2015.
Another former Microsoft government advised Insider that Gates was an equal alternative berater.
“Bill yelled at everyone the same,” the chief mentioned, including that they appreciated the founder’s straightforwardness.
Other Microsoft insiders attributed not less than a few of his undesirable conduct to mere awkwardness. “He doesn’t know how to joke really or how to connect with people,” one former government mentioned. “If he told you he liked your hair, he wasn’t trying to flirt with you. He just actually liked your hair.”
The report on Gates’ questionable conduct comes because the world’s fourth richest man navigates a messy divorce from his spouse of 27 years.
The divorce comes amid questions concerning the Microsoft founder’s ties to useless pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, and stories that he left Microsoft’s board final year amid a probe into his alleged affair with a subordinate.
Gates has denied any “business partnership or personal friendship” with Epstein, saying their conferences have been purely tied to philanthropy. But the Daily Beast has reported that Gates visited Epstein‘s Manhattan townhouse as a “respite from his marriage.”
Microsoft, which didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon the report, has sought to distance itself from Gates’ alleged misbehavior.
“The Microsoft of 2021 is very different from the Microsoft of 2000,” CEO Satya Nadella mentioned in May, including that the company will examine allegations of misconduct even when they’re a long time outdated.