Microsoft investors say Bill Gates should step down

Microsoft investors say Bill Gates should step down
Microsoft is in need of a new CEO, and we recently heard from analysts that there is little hope that Microsoft will choose the leader that the company really needs, and will rather choose someone who will avoid risks and stay the current path. New comments from investors are making it sound like that problem could be the fault of Bill Gates himself. According to Reuters, three of the top twenty Microsoft investors are asking Bill Gates to step down from his position as chairman of the board. 

Apparently there are a few different reasons for this. First of all, the investors are saying that Gates' presence alone is causing the company to avoid adopting new strategies, and is limiting the power of whomever is in the CEO position. Additionally, there are worries that Gates' other responsibilities with his various philanthropic endeavors are taking up too much of his time for him to be able to effectively be the chairman of the board. 

There is no word on how likely it is that the rest of the board agrees with those three investors though. The three investors hold about five percent of the company's stock. Just as comparison, Bill Gates is the largest single stockholder and owns four and a half percent of the company. Gates had owned forty-nine percent of Microsoft when it first went public, but has been selling a predetermined amount each year. If he continues that plan, he will have no stock left by 2018. 

source: Reuters

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27 Comments

1. THE.DARK.KNIGHT

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

That awkward moment when people wanna kick you out of your own company lol XD

6. dragonisinogard

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

It happens look at Steve Jobs, he was fired by Apple until Apple almost went bankrupt under control of the PepsiCo CEO than he called Bill Gates and made a deal with the devil. He sold 10% of Apple to Bill so they could stay afloat and he came back as CEO and made Apple what it was before his death.

7. THE.DARK.KNIGHT

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

But that happened when he was young. Bill is old and will be ousted soon.

11. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

he is still with microsoft because its good business. he has barely anything to do with things happening at microsoft. the new windows 8, new windows phone, xbox. he had all these great ideas 10 years ago already but he didnt know how to bring them to life which his new team is doing for him now. so really he isnt contributing nor holding back anyone.

22. dragonisinogard

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

You are exactly right sir. He still has control of the company and everything but he is more focused on his philanthropic options going around the world saving sick kids rather than his sick company.

17. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

If he's selling back stock on a regular basis, sounds like he'll be ousting himself soon enough. I'm sure that's his plan all along, quietly slip away as the new dominant share holder takes the COB reigns.

8. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

The problem with this investors, they are becoming too greedy. That's just the case with Steve Jobs, when they were in trouble. They begged for him to come back. Of course he did made a great comeback.

23. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

"It happens look at Steve Jobs, he was fired by Apple until Apple almost went bankrupt under control of the PepsiCo CEO than he called Bill Gates and made a deal with the devil." Steve Jobs was fired for trying to take over apple when his CEO was out. He also was going way over budget and going nowhere with his next gen copeland project. He deserved it.

27. dragonisinogard

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

I never said he didn't I just said he was fired. Thank you for elaborating on what he was fired for. However it was also for his drug use and his legal troubles with his ex-girlfriend over Lisa his daughter and namesake for one of his earliest computer. He really was losing it, when he was fired it let him go and get his head on straight he started eating right, and having a family life with his daughter. After he was on the right path again he got the offer to rejoin Apple which he did and took them to new heights.

19. rms.max

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

I thought they will tell him to step up as CEO.Except Bill Gates ,everybody in M$ is a**Hole .

20. Dastrix unregistered

LOL!!!!!

2. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 910; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Any company would be so lucky as to have him in any aspect.

9. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

At the end of this story is saying that MS still of use with the company. People at MS is saying that he is best @ CEO rather than Chairman. They need his ideas as CEO.

14. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 910; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I don't think he'll never reprise his role as CEO and I applaud him for it because the work he is doing for the world is too important. However don't see how him being on the board is hurting the company. It was his ideas that made MS what it was and he is using what he learned there in a philanthropic capacity. Who is to say he can't bring some ideas and knowledge that he gained through philanthropy back to MS. They seem to want to want him out because he is limiting what the CEOs can do. I wonder what other kinds of stupid crap MS would have done under the Ball(sack)mer reign without him there.

3. ilia1986 unregistered

Oh, new strategies? You mean like WP which still doesn't have even 10% of the global market? Or perhaps Windows 8 - an OS which polarized the market because it throws everything that was good in Windows 7 in favor of touch-based input. Or perhaps Xbox one which afaik focuses more on some other stuff than gaming. Maybe it's the revolutionary KIN phones which were ultra successful? Or perhaps the Surface which sold millions of units? Sure, new strategies! Microsoft has been executing all of them so well over those years. /heavy sarcasm/. At least Bill Gates was a nerd in his soul, not a psychotic control freak.

10. jeevan28111992

Posts: 23; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Oh...Yeah...How do you expect a company continue without any new products??? if there are nothing new, people like you starts complaining "NO INNOVATION" from Microsoft...

15. ilia1986 unregistered

No nothing new - but continue in the same direction from 2009.

16. jeevan28111992

Posts: 23; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Ha...that will be a awkward moment...try using a windows 7 on a touch screen...

25. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Works just fine with a floating digitizer pen that's been available for 5 years now.

12. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

"because it throws everything that was good in Windows 7 in favor of touch-based input." another troll that never really used win8 and yes, the Surface is estimated to have sold near 2M

24. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Used Win8, sucks. Ditched the metro ui just like everyone else does.

26. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

No you have not. Win8 is better in everything then win7 when you have mobile processors running it with little to no lag it is by far better. You have no idea about programming.

18. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Don't forget the Zune. Still know a lot of people mad about that.

4. Ikechukwu

Posts: 246; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

Only 3 investors out of 20 said this!!! The title made me think every single investor wanted Bill out. This is pure misinformation. smh

21. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

Welcome to iPhoneArena.

5. TheM16

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Bill Gates = Microsoft . No Bill Gates = No Microsoft.

13. Pdubb

Posts: 249; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

An interesting item. Why would they want Gates out right now if he will have no stake in the company in 5 years. Do these investors have some sort of plan that would change the company only if Bill is not there? It is highly unlikely that MS would suffer too much in the next 5 years if they were to simply stay the course. Bill Gates has done nothing to make anyone feel as if he does not have the best interest of the company. I think this is simply to get people talking. I would think that without Gates involved the stocks would take a huge tumble. Why would anyone believe in MS if there was so much uncertainty surrounding the company?

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