Bill Gates has decided to step down from the Board of Directors of Microsoft in order to focus on his philanthropic efforts at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
He is a renowned philanthropist and has been very active since 2008 in philanthropy, ever since he left his daily role at Microsoft. Later in February 2014, he decided to step down as the company’s chairman.
The good news is that he will still be active at Microsoft, acting as a technology advisor for Microsoft. CEO Satya Nadella, said “It’s been a tremendous honor and privilege to have worked with and learned from Bill over the years. Bill founded our company with a belief in the democratizing force of software and a passion to solve society’s most pressing challenges. And Microsoft and the world are better for it. The board has benefited from Bill’s leadership and vision.”
He added: “Microsoft will continue to benefit from Bill’s ongoing technical passion and advice to drive our products and services forward. I am grateful for Bill’s friendship and look forward to continuing to work alongside him to realize our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”
Gates Foundation has been focusing on the current COVID-19 outbreak; calling it a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ pandemic and urging society to take the steps needed to contain the virus outspread. The foundation revealed that it has joined MasterCard and Wellcome to help find treatments for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.