Mary is a very successful businesswoman. One day she hears from a friend that a large cooperation is looking for a contractor to do some work. She mentions that her son Bill runs a small company which might fill the bill (!). He gets the contract and the company becomes Microsoft.
(That is actually what happened in real life).
Now I do know the importance of contacts better then most I feel. And I do not hesitate to say that, I can see no impropriety in the Gateses actions at all. It does raise the issue thought, When do contacts become nepotism. We are supposed to cultivate contacts and avpid nepotism. Is it not at the end of the day the same thing.