It all started when Fortune posted an article about how frustrated Microsoft’s investors have become with Steve Ballmer. Some blamed the CEO for the stock’s under-performance, saying that the software giant is missing the sense of a ” benevolent dictator.” Further, Ballmer was found guilty for missing out on the significance of the “post-PC era” and now the company is being left in the cold by competitors like Apple and Samsung.
Gates, in Australia on a holiday with his family, gave an interview to Sydney Morning Herald in which he denied Fortune’s speculations, stating he would not return to Microsoft and planned to work as a philanthropist for the rest of his life.
He also said that he is still involved at Microsoft, but on a part-time basis, because his foundation is more important to him.
I’m part-time involved with Microsoft, including even being in touch this week to give some of my advice but that’s not going to change – the foundation requires all of my energy and we feel we’re having a great impact.
Gates retired from his day-to-day activities at Microsoft in 2006 and started focusing on his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to which he has donated the bulk of his $33 billion fortune.
Our work at Microsoft was super successful for all good reasons but Steve made huge contributions and he actually in his last few years was a lot kinder than that, but over the years he did say some tough things.