Chatbot maker OpenAI fired and nearly rehired Sam Altman before he was picked up by its chief strategic partner, Microsoft
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Sam Altman, the former CEO of AI powerhouse OpenAI, is joining Microsoft to lead a “new advanced AI research team,” the tech giant’s CEO Satya Nadella confirmed on X (formerly Twitter) on Monday.
Greg Brockman, OpenAI’s former president who quit after Altman was fired on Friday, is also joining Microsoft to work in the new group.
Nadella said Microsoft was “extremely excited” to announce the recruitment of Altman and Brockman, “together with colleagues” who also jumped ship at OpenAI following the CEO’s chaotic dismissal.
OpenAI was believed to be looking to rehire Altman after what was widely reported as a messy ouster on Friday. He was spotted at the company’s headquarters on Sunday, where it was speculated that he was discussing the terms of his return, which would include a restructuring of the board that had fired him. Microsoft, the ChatGPT developer’s main financial backer, apparently won out instead.