According to a recent story, Microsoft officials allegedly once asked Bill Gates to cease sending flirtatious emails to a female colleague.
The alleged misconduct took place more than a decade before the Microsoft board heard of Gates’ romance with another female colleague, which led to Gates’ divorce and departure from the Microsoft board.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Gates allegedly wrote flirtatious emails to a midlevel female Microsoft employee in 2007, while he was still working full-time.
He also reportedly asked her to meet up outside work hours and off the Microsoft campus.
In 2008, other Microsoft executives found out about the alleged emails and met with Gates, according to the report.
At the meeting, then-General Counsel Brad Smith and then-Chief People Officer Lisa Brummel reportedly told Gates the emails were inappropriate and ordered him to stop.
Gates then admitted that sending the emails was a bad idea and agreed to stop, according to the Journal, which cited people familiar with the matter.