Bill Gates Sent 'Inappropriate Email' to Female Employee in 2007
Microsoft made an announcement 13 years after former CEO Bill Gates was involved in 'inappropriate behavior' when he was a full-time employee.
Young Bill Gates hacked into his school system, namely his school's scheduling software, to place himself in all-girls classes - a perfect mix between genius and creepy.
Today, we come to see that Microsoft's co-founder did not leave that creepiness and unprofessionalism in high school, for a Microsoft spokesperson revealed Monday that the tech giant's executives had warned Gates in 2008 about inappropriate emails he had sent a female employee.
At the time, Gates was a full-time employee of the company as its chairman. He asked an employee out on a date - flirting with her and asking her to meet him outside of work - which the executives found out about in 2008.
The occurrence took place in 2007, but it took the company nearly a year to find out about it, and nearly 13 years to disclose it to the public.
Senior executives deemed it to be inappropriate, Frank Shaw, a Microsoft spokesman, said Monday. "These emails proposed meeting outside of work and off-campus. While flirtatious, they were not overtly sexual. But were deemed to be inappropriate," he said.
After discovering the messages, CEOs warned Gates of the inappropriateness of his behavior, notifying a small group of board members of the incident, the spokesman said.
Gates agreed that his behavior was inappropriate, and the board took no further action after he said he would not do it again.
Gates stepped down as Mircosoft's president shortly thereafter for unrelated reasons, and he remained on the board of directors until March 2020.
In 2019, The New York Times reported on Gates's relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, a notorious sex offender.
2021 saw the end of Gates's marriage with his wife, Melinda Gates, after 27 years of marriage.