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Some may still hold out hope that Bill Gates will return to lead the company he co-founded but Gates himself reiterated, once again, that he has no plans to do so.
In an interview today with Bloomberg Television, Gates said: “My full-time work will be the foundation for the rest of my life. My wife, Melinda, and I are enjoying that. I get to do it in depth. So I’m not going to change, although I’ll help out part time.”
Gates said his work co-chairing the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “is the biggest part of my time but then I put part-time work in to help as a board member” for Microsoft.
Gates, chairman of Microsoft’s board and a member of the board committee searching for the company’s next CEO, did not offer any news on that front, saying just that “the board’s working on that.”
When asked if the board felt a sense of urgency about finding the right person, he replied: “I think you’d always feel that way. Then again, you want to pick the best person. So they’ll move at the right pace.”
Microsoft has been searching for a new CEO since August, when current CEO Steve Ballmer announced that he would be retiring once his successor is found.
A number of high-profile candidate names have surfaced, with some of those candidates — Alan Mulally, Paul Martiz, Steve Mollenkopf — bowing out of the race just as publicly.
This past weekend, Kara Swisher reported at Recode on the latest “hurry up and wait” development, with rumors that the board had chosen its new CEO and was ready to announce it imminently — and then that the board wouldn’t be ready to do any such thing until the end of the month at the earliest.
Swisher’s piece also looks at Gates’ increased presence at Microsoft since Ballmer’s announcement and advantages and drawbacks his presence would have once a new CEO is named.
[Video from Bloomberg Television]