Bill Gates’ money manager of more than 27 years allegedly made racist and sexually offensive remarks, bullied staffers and fostered a culture of fear in the workplace, former employees claimed in a new report.
These former employees described Michael Larson, 61, as a cruel boss who disparaged female employees and retaliated against others who left the firm, Cascade Investment, which is tasked with growing Gates’ massive fortune, The New York Times reported.
Larson allegedly shared photographs with employees of naked women on his phone and compared them to the head of Cascade’s human resources department at the time, the report says.
The Times report also recounts an alleged episode in which Larson was sitting outdoors with a small group of male employees after dinner at a work Christmas party in the mid-2000s. Three female colleagues were about 20 feet away.
“Which one of them do you wanna” have sex with? Larson asked the men, using a profane verb, according to the Times.
Larson allegedly asked another woman at his firm if she would strip for a certain amount of money.
Michael Larson’s accuses allege Bill Gates knew about his money manager’s misconduct.Jeff Pachoud/AFP via Getty Images
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