Time for Gates to go, some top Microsoft investors tell board
NEW YORK/SEATTLE (REUTERS) - Three of the top 20 investors in Microsoft Corp are lobbying the board to press for Mr Bill Gates to step down as chairman of the software company he co-founded 38 years ago, according to people familiar with matter.
While Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has been under pressure for years to improve the company's performance and share price, this appears to be the first time that major shareholders are taking aim at Mr Gates, who remains one of the most respected and influential figures in technology.
A representative for Microsoft declined to comment on Tuesday.
There is no indication that Microsoft's board would heed the wishes of the three investors, who collectively hold more than 5 per cent of the company's stock, according to the sources. They requested the identity of the investors be kept anonymous because the discussions are private.