Bill Gates Steps Down From Microsoft Board

Billionaire Bill Gates announced that he has resigned from Microsoft’s board to spend more time on philanthropic activities

45 years after founding the software giant, Gates says he now wants to focus on global health and development, education and tackling climate change.

BBC reports: One of the world’s richest men, Mr Gates, 65, has also left the board of Warren Buffett’s massive holding company, Berkshire Hathaway.

Mr Gates stepped down from his day-to-day role running Microsoft in 2008.

Announcing his latest move, Mr Gates said the company would “always be an important part of my life’s work” and he would continue to be engaged with its leadership.

But he said: “I am looking forward to this next phase as an opportunity to maintain the friendships and partnerships that have meant the most to me, continue to contribute to two companies of which I am incredibly proud, and effectively prioritise my commitment to addressing some of the world’s toughest challenges.”

Mr Gates, listed by Forbes as the world’s second richest man, made his fortune through developing software for the personal computer.