As a young technology journalist, I have to remain neutral. But in the realm of good acts and general great decision-making that has changed the world for the better, Bill Gates has every right to stay in the company he help founded.
But according to the views of three top shareholders at Microsoft, as reported by Reuters, not everyone is such in a loving mood:
The three investors are concerned that Gates’ presence on the board effectively blocks the adoption of new strategies and would limit the power of a new chief executive to make substantial changes. In particular, they point to Gates’ role on the special committee searching for Ballmer’s successor.
They are also worried that Gates – who spends most of his time on his philanthropic foundation – wields power out of proportion to his declining shareholding.
With Microsoft looking for a new CEO and Steve Ballmer stepping down from the position, Gates will most likely have to make a move that changes the company that he holds a 4.5% share in.