Bill Gates admitted to having an affair with a Microsoft employee just days after the former spouse finalized their divorce. On Tuesday, August 2, a judge completed Bill and Melinda’s divorce. In the agreement, which was filed in Washington’s Superior Court and obtained by E! News, the court stated that there was “no money judgment” entered and that neither Bill nor Melinda requested to change their names. Additionally, no spousal support was ordered.
Bill, who co-founded Microsoft in 1975, was probed about the affair during a Wednesday, August 4 interview on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, when he disclosed that he had remorse about his previous adultery but is ready to move “forward” from the events of his marriage.
“Certainly, I think everyone does [have regrets],” Bill said. “But it’s a time of reflection, and at this point, I need to go forward. My work is very important to me. Within the family, we’ll heal as best we can and learn from what happened.”
In May, a spokeswoman for Bill acknowledged to the Wall Street Journal that the Microsoft founder had an affair nearly two decades ago with an employee. Additionally, the spokesman maintained that Bill’s infidelity was not the basis for his 2020 resignation from Microsoft’s board of directors.
“There was an affair almost 20 years ago which ended amicably. Bill’s decision to transition off the board was in no way related to this matter,” the spokesperson said. “In fact, he had expressed an interest in spending more time on his philanthropy starting several years earlier.”
According to the WSJ, Microsoft’s board of directors examined Bill in 2019 after a female engineer alleged Bill sought to “initiate an intimate relationship” with her in 2020. The WSJ claimed that Microsoft executives were considering removing Bill from the board prior to his resignation.
Bill’s affair was confirmed just days after Zhe “Shelly” Wang, a lady who worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, responded in a post on the Chinese social networking site Weibo to claims she was the reason for his divorce.