45 years after the founding of his company, o Bill Gates resigns from its boards Microsoft and the Berkshire Hathaway. Although he has not played a daily role in the company since 2008, he is now moving away completely to focus on his charitable endeavors.
Gates announced his decision in a Publication on LinkedIn, saying he wants to "dedicate more time to his charitable priorities", which have to do with global health and development, education and his commitment to tackling climate change.
This will likely include working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which Gates and his wife founded in 2000.
"THE Microsoft it will always be an important part of my work life and I will continue to be ready with Satya [Nadella, CEO of Microsoft] and technical leadership to help shape the vision and achieve the company's ambitious goals. ”
It has been a great honor and privilege to work and learn from Bill over the years… The board has benefited from Bill's leadership and vision. And the Microsoft will continue to benefit from Bill's ongoing technical passion and advice to promote our products and services. I am grateful for Bill's friendship and look forward to continuing to work with him to carry out our mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more.
Regarding his position on Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway board, Gates said:
"My participation in the Berkshire council was one of the greatest honors of my career. Warren and I were best friends long ago and will continue to be. . ”
Gates, 64, was its chairman Microsoft until 2014.