Bill Gates steps down from Microsoft board, to focus on philanthropy

Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and director at Berkshire Hathaway, smiles during a game of bridge following the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha, Nebraska. (File photo: AP)

Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates, who made the company one of the world’s most valuable technology firms, stepped down from the board on Friday to focus on philanthropic works related to global health, education and climate change.

The billionaire and his wife Melinda run one of the world’s largest charities, the Gates Foundation, which has billions in assets and funds global health programs to combat disease and poverty.

Gates quit his full-time executive role at Microsoft in 2008 and remained as chairman of the board till 2014. Since then he has been a board member.

“It’s been a tremendous honor and privilege to have worked with and learned from Bill over the years,” Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella said.

With the departure of Gates from Microsoft Board, it will now consist of 12 members, the company said.
Gates also stepped down from the board of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc, where he has served since 2004.

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