(HorizonPost.com) – One of the world’s richest men recently got handed divorce papers from his wife Melinda — and his problems don’t stop there. The wife of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates alleges that he had at least one affair and several employees of the company have piled on, calling him “a bully.”
Inappropriate Office Conduct
Mr. Gates is obviously an intelligent man, but recent allegations suggest he may have an ego and seemingly abrasive personality. This week, it was reported that four Microsoft employees have accused Gates of bullying people in the office. According to an article in Daily Mail, he would regularly say “that’s the stupidest f*****g idea I’ve ever heard” about other people’s proposals. He was also accused of pursuing sexual relationships with reporters and his employees.
Maria Klawe was on the company’s board from 2009 until 2015 and claimed he acted as if “the usual rules of behavior don’t apply to him.” She also alleges that he was not interested in improving diversity within the company and said his response to any suggestion made by a female executive on the topic of those kinds of initiatives was “are you trying to effing destroy the company?”
Same Old Dog, Same Old Tricks?
An article on the GQ website dated October 28, 2015, seems to indicate this is very similar to his… management style… in the 1980s and 1990s. It’s said that he would repeatedly belittle employees in public and even went so far as to drive through the building’s parking lots to make sure employees were actually working overtime.
Another report from that time frame tells the story of Gates as an executive who worked 17 hours a day but still found time to frequent nightclubs where the waitresses served their customers in the nude. According to James Wallace, who wrote two biographies about the billionaire, he would invite them to come swimming in that same state at his Laurelhurst, Oregon home and that “Gates himself rounded up the girls and brought them over there.”
2019 Divorce Musings
Disgraced billionaire, convicted child molester and alleged human trafficker Jeffrey Epstein died in his prison cell in August 2019 and it became public knowledge that there was some kind of connection between the two men. That was one of the reasons behind Melinda’s meetings with high-profile divorce lawyers, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Most everyone has secrets they would rather have to stay that way, but the lifestyles of the rich and famous can attract a lot of attention when allegations such as these start flying — true or not. It’s very important to remember that all that these are anecdotes and uncorroborated stories.
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