Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is stepping down from Microsoft’s board, he announced on Friday, and is also leaving Berkshire Hathaway’s. He wants to focus on philanthropy.
Gates believes the companies have the right leadership and wants to prioritize his philanthropic activities via his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He explained his decision on LinkedIn (opens in new tab):
“I have made the decision to step down from both of the public boards on which I serve – Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway – to dedicate more time to philanthropic priorities including global health and development, education, and my increasing engagement in tackling climate change. The leadership at the Berkshire companies and Microsoft has never been stronger, so the time is right to take this step.”
Gates assures he won’t leave Microsoft completely, as he will continue to be engaged with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella as well as the technical team, he said. “It’s been a tremendous honor and privilege to have worked with and learned from Bill over the years,” said Satya Nadella, acknowledging his contributions.
Bill Gates was CEO of Microsoft until 2000, and director of the board until 2014.
I was no fan of Bill Gates, toward the end of his tenure at MS, and skeptical of the Gates Foundation from day one. But, he really won me over with all of the good work they've been doing. I really think he's sincere about doing good, and not just trying to buy a place in history.
He obviously means that Bill Gates has a Death Note.
"I'll revolutionize the personal computer industry with my right hand and write names with my left. I'll take a potato chip... and eat it! "
- Bill Gates
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I'm sure it was taken with about the same gravity as when the Clinton people tried to warn Bush Jr. about the risk posed by Al Qaeda, because it didn't stop Trump from cutting the CDC's funding and getting rid of the pandemic Czar post that Obama created specifically to coordinate outbreak responses.