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Steve Ballmer

Steven Anthony Ballmer (; born March 24, 1956) is an American businessman and investor who served as the chief executive officer of Microsoft from 2000 to 2014. He is the current owner of the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). As of November 2021, Bloomberg Billionaires Index estimates his personal wealth at $117 billion, ranking him as the 8th richest person in the world.

Steve Ballmer
Ballmer in 2014
Born
Steven Anthony Ballmer

(1956-03-24)March 24, 1956 (age 65)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
EducationHarvard University (BA)
Stanford University
OccupationInvestor & businessman
Known forFormer CEO of Microsoft
Spouse(s)
Connie Snyder
(m. 1990)​
Children3

Ballmer was hired by Bill Gates at Microsoft in 1980, and subsequently left the MBA program at Stanford University. He eventually became president in 1998, and replaced Gates as CEO on January 13, 2000. On February 4, 2014, Ballmer retired as CEO and was replaced by Satya Nadella; Ballmer remained on Microsoft's Board of Directors until August 19, 2014, when he left to prepare for teaching a new class.

His tenure and legacy as Microsoft CEO has received mixed reception, with the company tripling sales and doubling profits, but losing its market dominance and missing out on 21st-century technology trends such as the ascendance of smartphones in the form of iPhone and Android.

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Ballmer was born in Detroit, Michigan; he is the son of Beatrice Dworkin and Frederic Henry Ballmer (Fritz Hans Ballmer), a manager at the Ford Motor Company. His father was a Swiss immigrant who predicted that his son, at eight years old, would attend Harvard. His mother was Belarusian Jewish. Through his mother, Ballmer is a second cousin of actress and comedian Gilda Radner. Ballmer grew up in the affluent community of Farmington Hills, Michigan. Ballmer also lived in Brussels from 1964 to 1967, where he attended the International School of Brussels.

In 1973, he attended college prep and engineering classes at Lawrence Technological University. He graduated as valedictorian from Detroit Country Day School, a private college preparatory school in Beverly Hills, Michigan, with a score of 800 on the mathematical section of the SAT and was a National Merit Scholar. He formerly sat on the school's board of directors. In 1977, he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in applied mathematics and economics.

At college, Ballmer was a manager for the Harvard Crimson football team and a member of the Fox Club, worked on The Harvard Crimson newspaper as well as the Harvard Advocate, and lived down the hall from fellow sophomore Bill Gates. He scored highly in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, an exam sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America, scoring higher than Bill Gates. He then worked as an assistant product manager at Procter & Gamble for two years, where he shared an office with Jeff Immelt, who later became CEO of General Electric. After briefly trying to write screenplays in Hollywood, in 1980 Ballmer dropped out of the Stanford Graduate School of Business to join Microsoft.

Ballmer joined Microsoft on June 11, 1980, and became Microsoft's 30th employee, the first business manager hired by Gates.

Ballmer was offered a salary of $50,000 as well as 5-10% of the company. When Microsoft was incorporated in 1981, Ballmer owned 8% of the company. In 2003, Ballmer sold 39.3 million Microsoft shares equating to approximately $955 million, thereby reducing his ownership to 4%. The same year, he replaced Microsoft's employee stock options program.

In the 20 years following his hire, Ballmer headed several Microsoft divisions, including operations, operating systems development, and sales and support. From February 1992 onwards, he was Executive Vice President, Sales, and Support. Ballmer led Microsoft's development of the .NET Framework. Ballmer was then promoted to President of Microsoft, a title that he held from July 1998 to February 2001, making him the de facto number two in the company to the chairman and CEO, Bill Gates.

Chief Executive Officer (2000–2014)

Ballmer at Mobile World Congress 2010

On January 13, 2000, Ballmer was officially named the chief executive officer. As CEO, Ballmer handled company finances and daily operations, but Gates remained chairman of the board and still retained control of the "technological vision" as chief software architect. Gates relinquished day-to-day activities when he stepped down as chief software architect in 2006, while staying on as chairman, and that gave Ballmer the autonomy needed to make major management changes at Microsoft.

When Ballmer took over as CEO, the company was fighting an antitrust lawsuit brought on by the U.S. government and 20 states, plus class-action lawsuits and complaints from rival companies. While it was said that Gates would have continued fighting the suit, Ballmer made it his priority to settle these saying: "Being the object of a lawsuit, effectively, or a complaint from your government is a very awkward, uncomfortable position to be in. It just has all downside. People assume if the government brought a complaint that there's really a problem, and your ability to say we're a good, proper, moral place is tough. It's actually tough, even though you feel that way about yourselves."

Upon becoming CEO, Ballmer required detailed business justification in order to approve of new products, rather than allowing hundreds of products that sounded potentially interesting or trendy. In 2005, he recruited B. Kevin Turner from Walmart, who was the President and CEO of Sam's Club, to become Microsoft's Chief Operating Officer. Turner was hired at Microsoft to lead the company's sales, marketing and services group and to instill more process and discipline in the company's operations and salesforce.

Since Bill Gates' retirement, Ballmer oversaw a "dramatic shift away from the company's PC-first heritage", replacing most major division heads in order to break down the "talent-hoarding fiefdoms", and Businessweek said that the company "arguably now has the best product lineup in its history". Ballmer was instrumental in driving Microsoft's connected computing strategy, with acquisitions such as Skype.

Under Ballmer's tenure as CEO, Microsoft's share price stagnated. The lackluster stock performance occurred despite Microsoft's financial success at that time. The company's annual revenue surged from $25 billion to $70 billion, while its net income increased 215% to $23 billion, and its gross profit of 75 cents on every dollar in sales is double that of Google or IBM. In terms of leading the company's total annual profit growth, Ballmer's tenure at Microsoft (16.4%) surpassed the performances of other well-known CEOs such as General Electric's Jack Welch (11.2%) and IBM's Louis V. Gerstner Jr. (2%). These gains came from the existing Windows and Office franchises, with Ballmer maintaining their profitability, fending off threats from competitors such as Linux and other open-source operating systems and Google Docs. Ballmer also built half a dozen new businesses, such as the data centers division and the Xbox entertainment and devices division ($8.9 billion), (which has prevented the Sony PlayStation and other gaming consoles from undermining Windows), and oversaw the acquisition of Skype. Ballmer also constructed the company's $20 billion Enterprise Business, consisting of new products and services such as Exchange, Windows Server, SQL Server, SharePoint, System Center, and Dynamics CRM, each of which initially faced an uphill battle for acceptance but have emerged as leading or dominant in each category. This diversified product mix helped to offset the company's reliance on PCs and mobile computing devices as the company entered the Post-PC era; in reporting quarterly results during April 2013, while Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 had not managed to increase their market share above single digits, the company increased its profit 19% over the previous quarter in 2012, as the Microsoft Business Division (including Office 365) and Server and Tools division (cloud services) are each larger than the Windows division.

Ballmer attracted criticism for failing to capitalize on several new consumer technologies, forcing Microsoft to play catch-up in the areas of tablet computing, smartphones and music players with mixed results. Under Ballmer's watch, "In many cases, Microsoft latched onto technologies like smartphones, touchscreens, 'smart' cars and wristwatches that read sports scores aloud long before Apple or Google did. But it repeatedly killed promising projects if they threatened its cash cows [Windows and Office]." Ballmer was even named one of the worst CEOs of 2013 by the BBC. As a result of these many criticisms, in May 2012, hedge fund manager David Einhorn called on Ballmer to step down as CEO of Microsoft. "His continued presence is the biggest overhang on Microsoft's stock," Einhorn said in reference to Ballmer. In a May 2012 column in Forbes magazine, Adam Hartung described Ballmer as "the worst CEO of a large publicly traded American company", saying he had "steered Microsoft out of some of the fastest growing and most lucrative tech markets (mobile music, headsets and tablets)".

In 2009, and for the first time since Bill Gates resigned from day-to-day management at Microsoft, Ballmer delivered the opening keynote at CES.

Ballmer at MIX in 2008

As part of his plans to expand on hardware, on June 19, 2012, Ballmer revealed Microsoft's first ever computer device, a tablet called Microsoft Surface at an event held in Hollywood, Los Angeles. He followed this by announcing the company's purchase of Nokia's mobile phone division in September 2013, his last major acquisition for Microsoft as CEO.

On August 23, 2013, Microsoft announced that Ballmer would retire within the next 12 months. A special committee that included Bill Gates would decide on the next CEO.

There was a list of potential successors to Ballmer as Microsoft CEO, but all had departed the company: Jim Allchin, Brad Silverberg, Paul Maritz, Nathan Myhrvold, Greg Maffei, Pete Higgins, Jeff Raikes, J. Allard, Robbie Bach, Bill Veghte, Ray Ozzie, Bob Muglia and Steven Sinofsky. B. Kevin Turner, Microsoft's Chief Operating Officer (COO), was considered by some to be a de facto number two to Ballmer, with Turner having a strong grasp of business and operations but lacking technological vision. On February 4, 2014, Satya Nadella succeeded Ballmer as CEO.

Public image

Although as a child he was so shy that he would hyperventilate before Hebrew school, Ballmer is known for his energetic and exuberant personality, which is meant to motivate employees and partners, shouting so much that he needed surgery on his vocal cords.

Ballmer's flamboyant stage appearances at Microsoft events are widely circulated on the Internet as viral videos. One of his earliest known viral videos was a parody video, produced for Microsoft employees in 1986, promoting Windows 1.0 in the style of a Crazy Eddie commercial. Ballmer and Brian Valentine repeated this in a spoof promotion of Windows XP later on.

A widely circulated video was his entrance on stage at Microsoft's 25th anniversary event in September 2000, where Ballmer jumped across the stage and shouted "I love this company!" Another well-known viral video was one captured at a Windows 2000 developers' conference, featuring a perspiring Ballmer chanting the word "developers".

Relationship with Bill Gates

Ballmer was Gates' best man at his wedding to Melinda French, and the two men described their relationship as a marriage. They were so close for years that another Microsoft executive described it as a mind meld. Combative debates—a part of Microsoft's corporate culture—that many observers believed were personal arguments occurred within the relationship; while Gates was glad in 2000 that Ballmer was willing to become CEO so he could focus on technology, the Wall Street Journal reported that there was tension surrounding the transition of authority. Things became so bitter that, on one occasion, Gates stormed out of a meeting after a shouting match in which Ballmer jumped to the defense of several colleagues, according to an individual present at the time. After the exchange, Ballmer seemed "remorseful", the person said. Once Gates leaves, "I'm not going to need him for anything. That's the principle", Ballmer said. "Use him, yes, need him, no".

In October 2014, a few months after Ballmer left his post at Microsoft, a Vanity Fair profile stated that Ballmer and Gates no longer talk to each other due to animosity over Ballmer's resignation. In a November 2016 interview, Ballmer said he and Gates have "drifted apart" ever since, saying that they always had a "brotherly relationship" beforehand. He said that his push into the hardware business, specifically smartphones, which Gates did not support, contributed to their relationship breakdown.

Retirement

After saying in 2008 that he intended to remain CEO for another decade, Ballmer announced his retirement in 2013, after losing billions of dollars in acquisitions and on the Surface tablet. Microsoft's stock price rebounded on the news.

Ballmer says that he regretted the lack of focus on Windows Mobile in the early 2000s, leaving Microsoft a distant third in the current smartphone market. Moreover, he attributed the success of the expensively-priced iPhones to carrier subsidies. He went on to say,

People like to point to this quote where I said iPhones will never sell, because the price at $600 or $700 was too high. And there was a business model innovation by Apple to get it essentially built into the monthly cellphone bill.

He called the acquisition of the mobile phone division of Nokia as his "toughest decision" during his tenure, as it was overseeing the changing profile of Microsoft as it was expanding on hardware.

Ballmer hosted his last company meeting in September 2013, and stepped down from the company's board of directors, in August 2014.

On December 24, 2014, the Seattle Times reported that the IRS sued Ballmer, Craig Mundie, Jeff Raikes, Jim Allchin, Orlando Ayala and David Guenther in an effort to compel them to testify in Microsoft's corporate tax audit. The IRS has been looking into how Microsoft and other companies deal with transfer pricing.

Ballmer served as director of Accenture Ltd. and a general partner of Accenture SCA from 2001 to 2006.

Apple

In 2007, Ballmer said "There's no chance that the [Apple] iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance."

Speaking at a conference in NYC in 2009, Ballmer criticized Apple's pricing, saying, "Now I think the tide has turned back the other direction (against Apple). The economy is helpful. Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment—same piece of hardware—paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be."

In 2015, Ballmer called Microsoft's decision to invest in Apple to save it from bankruptcy in 1997 as the "craziest thing we ever did." By 2015, Apple was the world's most valuable company.

In 2016, Ballmer did an interview with Bloomberg where Ballmer added context to his iPhone statement, saying "People like to point to this quote...but the reason I said that was the price of $600-$700 was too high," he says he did not realize the business model innovation that Apple was going to deploy, using the carriers to subsidize the phones by building the cost into the customer's monthly bill.

Free and open source software

In July 2000, Ballmer called the free software Linux kernel "communism" and further claimed that it infringed with Microsoft's intellectual property. In June 2001 he called Linux a "cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches". Ballmer used the notion of "viral" licensing terms to express his concern over the fact that the GNU General Public License (GPL) employed by such software requires that all derivative software be under the GPL or a compatible license. In April 2003 he even interrupted his skiing holiday in Switzerland to personally plead with the mayor of Munich not to switch to Linux. But he did not succeed with this and Munich switched to LiMux, despite his offering a 35% discount at his lobbying visit.

In March 2016, Ballmer changed his stance on Linux, saying that he supports his successor Satya Nadella's open source commitments. He maintained that his comments in 2001 were right at the time but that times have changed.

Google

In 2005, Microsoft sued Google for hiring one of its previous vice presidents, Kai-Fu Lee, claiming it was in violation of his one-year non-compete clause in his contract. Mark Lucovsky, who left for Google in 2004, alleged in a sworn statement to a Washington state court that Ballmer became enraged upon hearing that Lucovsky was about to leave Microsoft for Google, picked up his chair, and threw it across his office, and that, referring to then Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt (who had previously worked for competitors Sun and Novell), Ballmer vowed to "kill Google." Lucovsky reports:

At some point in the conversation Mr. Ballmer said: "Just tell me it's not Google." I told him it was Google. At that point, Mr. Ballmer picked up a chair and threw it across the room hitting a table in his office. Mr. Ballmer then said: "Fucking Eric Schmidt is a fucking pussy. I'm going to fucking bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again. I'm going to fucking kill Google."

Ballmer then resumed attempting to persuade Lucovsky to stay at Microsoft. Ballmer has described Lucovsky's account of the incident as a "gross exaggeration of what actually took place".

During the 2011 Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, he said: "You don't need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows Phone and you do to use an Android phone ... It is hard for me to be excited about the Android phones."

In 2013, Ballmer said that Google was a "monopoly" that should be pressured from market competition authorities.

On March 6, 2008, Seattle mayor Greg Nickels announced that a local ownership group involving Ballmer made a "game-changing" commitment to invest $150 million in cash toward a proposed $300 million renovation of KeyArena and were ready to purchase the Seattle SuperSonics from the Professional Basketball Club LLC in order to keep the team in Seattle. However, this initiative failed, and the SuperSonics relocated to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where they now play as the Oklahoma City Thunder.

In June 2012, Ballmer was an investor in Chris R. Hansen's proposal to build a new arena in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle and bring the SuperSonics back to Seattle. On January 9, 2013, Ballmer and Hansen led a group of investors in an attempt to purchase the Sacramento Kings from the Maloof family and relocate them to Seattle for an estimated $650 million. However, this attempt also fell through.

Following the Donald Sterling scandal in May 2014, Ballmer was the highest bidder in an attempt to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers for a reported price of $2 billion, which is the second highest bid for a sports franchise in North American sports history (after the $2.15 billion sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012). After a California court confirmed the authority of Shelly Sterling to sell the team, it was officially announced on August 12, 2014, that Ballmer would become the Los Angeles Clippers owner.

On September 25, 2014, Ballmer said he would bar the team from using Apple products such as iPads, and replace them with Microsoft products. It has been reported that he had previously also barred his family from using iPhones.

In March 2020, Ballmer agreed to buy The Forum in Inglewood, California. The purchase would allow him to build the Intuit Dome in the nearby area since plans for a new Clippers' arena were opposed by the former owners of The Forum.

In a survey conducted by The Athletic in December 2020, Ballmer was voted the best owner in basketball.

Ballmer was the second person after Roberto Goizueta to become a billionaire in U.S. dollars based on stock options received as an employee of a corporation in which he was neither a founder nor a relative of a founder.[citation needed] As of November 2021, Bloomberg Billionaires Index estimates his personal wealth at $117 billion, ranking him as the 8th richest person in the world.

On November 12, 2014, it was announced that Ballmer and his wife Connie donated $50 million to the University of Oregon. Connie Ballmer is a University of Oregon alumna and previously served on the institution's board of trustees. The funds will go towards the university's $2 billion fundraising effort, and will focus towards scholarships, public health research and advocacy, and external branding/communications.

On November 13, 2014, it was announced that Ballmer would provide a gift, estimated at $60 million, to Harvard University's computer science department. The gift would allow the department to hire new faculty, and hopefully increase the national stature of the program. Ballmer previously donated $10 million to the same department in 1994, in a joint-gift with Bill Gates.

Ballmer serves on the World Chairman's Council of the Jewish National Fund, which means he has donated US$1 million or more to the JNF.

Ballmer launched USAFacts.org in 2017, a non-profit organization whose goal is to allow people to understand US government revenue, spending and societal impact. He is reported to have contributed $10 million to fund teams of researchers who populated the website's database with official data.

In 1990, Ballmer married Connie Snyder; they have three sons.

The Ballmers live in Hunts Point, Washington.

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Steve Ballmer Language Watch Edit Steven Anthony Ballmer ˈ b ɔː l m er born March 24 1956 1 is an American businessman and investor who served as the chief executive officer of Microsoft from 2000 to 2014 1 He is the current owner of the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association NBA As of November 2021 Bloomberg Billionaires Index estimates his personal wealth at 117 billion 2 ranking him as the 8th richest person in the world 2 Steve BallmerBallmer in 2014BornSteven Anthony Ballmer 1956 03 24 March 24 1956 age 65 Detroit Michigan U S EducationHarvard University BA Stanford UniversityOccupationInvestor amp businessmanKnown forFormer CEO of MicrosoftSpouse s Connie Snyder m 1990 wbr Children3 Ballmer was hired by Bill Gates at Microsoft in 1980 and subsequently left the MBA program at Stanford University He eventually became president in 1998 and replaced Gates as CEO on January 13 2000 3 4 On February 4 2014 Ballmer retired as CEO and was replaced by Satya Nadella Ballmer remained on Microsoft s Board of Directors until August 19 2014 when he left to prepare for teaching a new class 5 6 His tenure and legacy as Microsoft CEO has received mixed reception with the company tripling sales and doubling profits but losing its market dominance and missing out on 21st century technology trends such as the ascendance of smartphones in the form of iPhone and Android 7 8 9 Contents 1 Early life and education 2 History with Microsoft 2 1 Chief Executive Officer 2000 2014 2 2 Public image 2 3 Relationship with Bill Gates 2 4 Retirement 3 Other positions 4 On competing companies and software 4 1 Apple 4 2 Free and open source software 4 3 Google 5 Sports 6 Wealth 7 Philanthropy 8 USAFacts 9 Personal life 10 References 11 External linksEarly life and education EditBallmer was born in Detroit Michigan he is the son of Beatrice Dworkin and Frederic Henry Ballmer Fritz Hans Ballmer 10 a manager at the Ford Motor Company 11 His father was a Swiss immigrant who predicted that his son at eight years old would attend Harvard His mother was Belarusian Jewish 12 13 Through his mother Ballmer is a second cousin of actress and comedian Gilda Radner 14 Ballmer grew up in the affluent community of Farmington Hills Michigan Ballmer also lived in Brussels from 1964 to 1967 where he attended the International School of Brussels 15 In 1973 he attended college prep and engineering classes at Lawrence Technological University He graduated as valedictorian from Detroit Country Day School a private college preparatory school in Beverly Hills Michigan with a score of 800 on the mathematical section of the SAT 16 17 and was a National Merit Scholar 18 He formerly sat on the school s board of directors In 1977 he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in applied mathematics and economics 19 20 At college Ballmer was a manager for the Harvard Crimson football team and a member of the Fox Club worked on The Harvard Crimson newspaper as well as the Harvard Advocate and lived down the hall from fellow sophomore Bill Gates He scored highly in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition an exam sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America scoring higher than Bill Gates 21 He then worked as an assistant product manager at Procter amp Gamble for two years where he shared an office with Jeff Immelt who later became CEO of General Electric 22 After briefly trying to write screenplays in Hollywood 13 in 1980 Ballmer dropped out of the Stanford Graduate School of Business to join Microsoft 23 History with Microsoft EditBallmer joined Microsoft on June 11 1980 and became Microsoft s 30th employee the first business manager hired by Gates 24 Ballmer was offered a salary of 50 000 as well as 5 10 of the company 13 When Microsoft was incorporated in 1981 Ballmer owned 8 of the company In 2003 Ballmer sold 39 3 million Microsoft shares equating to approximately 955 million thereby reducing his ownership to 4 25 The same year he replaced Microsoft s employee stock options program 26 In the 20 years following his hire Ballmer headed several Microsoft divisions including operations operating systems development and sales and support From February 1992 onwards he was Executive Vice President Sales and Support Ballmer led Microsoft s development of the NET Framework Ballmer was then promoted to President of Microsoft a title that he held from July 1998 to February 2001 making him the de facto number two in the company to the chairman and CEO Bill Gates 27 Chief Executive Officer 2000 2014 Edit Ballmer at Mobile World Congress 2010 On January 13 2000 Ballmer was officially named the chief executive officer 3 4 As CEO Ballmer handled company finances and daily operations but Gates remained chairman of the board and still retained control of the technological vision as chief software architect 28 Gates relinquished day to day activities when he stepped down as chief software architect in 2006 while staying on as chairman and that gave Ballmer the autonomy needed to make major management changes at Microsoft 29 When Ballmer took over as CEO the company was fighting an antitrust lawsuit brought on by the U S government and 20 states plus class action lawsuits and complaints from rival companies While it was said that Gates would have continued fighting the suit Ballmer made it his priority to settle these saying Being the object of a lawsuit effectively or a complaint from your government is a very awkward uncomfortable position to be in It just has all downside People assume if the government brought a complaint that there s really a problem and your ability to say we re a good proper moral place is tough It s actually tough even though you feel that way about yourselves 30 Upon becoming CEO Ballmer required detailed business justification in order to approve of new products rather than allowing hundreds of products that sounded potentially interesting or trendy In 2005 he recruited B Kevin Turner from Walmart who was the President and CEO of Sam s Club to become Microsoft s Chief Operating Officer 31 Turner was hired at Microsoft to lead the company s sales marketing and services group and to instill more process and discipline in the company s operations and salesforce 32 Since Bill Gates retirement Ballmer oversaw a dramatic shift away from the company s PC first heritage replacing most major division heads in order to break down the talent hoarding fiefdoms and Businessweek said that the company arguably now has the best product lineup in its history Ballmer was instrumental in driving Microsoft s connected computing strategy with acquisitions such as Skype 29 Under Ballmer s tenure as CEO Microsoft s share price stagnated 33 The lackluster stock performance occurred despite Microsoft s financial success at that time The company s annual revenue surged from 25 billion to 70 billion while its net income increased 215 to 23 billion and its gross profit of 75 cents on every dollar in sales is double that of Google or IBM 34 In terms of leading the company s total annual profit growth Ballmer s tenure at Microsoft 16 4 surpassed the performances of other well known CEOs such as General Electric s Jack Welch 11 2 and IBM s Louis V Gerstner Jr 2 29 These gains came from the existing Windows and Office franchises with Ballmer maintaining their profitability fending off threats from competitors such as Linux and other open source operating systems and Google Docs 35 Ballmer also built half a dozen new businesses 34 such as the data centers division and the Xbox entertainment and devices division 8 9 billion 36 which has prevented the Sony PlayStation and other gaming consoles from undermining Windows 37 and oversaw the acquisition of Skype Ballmer also constructed the company s 20 billion Enterprise Business consisting of new products and services such as Exchange Windows Server SQL Server SharePoint System Center and Dynamics CRM each of which initially faced an uphill battle for acceptance but have emerged as leading or dominant in each category 37 This diversified product mix helped to offset the company s reliance on PCs and mobile computing devices as the company entered the Post PC era in reporting quarterly results during April 2013 while Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 had not managed to increase their market share above single digits the company increased its profit 19 over the previous quarter in 2012 as the Microsoft Business Division including Office 365 and Server and Tools division cloud services are each larger than the Windows division 38 34 Ballmer attracted criticism for failing to capitalize on several new consumer technologies forcing Microsoft to play catch up in the areas of tablet computing smartphones and music players with mixed results 29 34 Under Ballmer s watch In many cases Microsoft latched onto technologies like smartphones touchscreens smart cars and wristwatches that read sports scores aloud long before Apple or Google did But it repeatedly killed promising projects if they threatened its cash cows Windows and Office 34 Ballmer was even named one of the worst CEOs of 2013 by the BBC 39 As a result of these many criticisms in May 2012 hedge fund manager David Einhorn called on Ballmer to step down as CEO of Microsoft His continued presence is the biggest overhang on Microsoft s stock Einhorn said in reference to Ballmer 40 In a May 2012 column in Forbes magazine Adam Hartung described Ballmer as the worst CEO of a large publicly traded American company saying he had steered Microsoft out of some of the fastest growing and most lucrative tech markets mobile music headsets and tablets 41 In 2009 and for the first time since Bill Gates resigned from day to day management at Microsoft Ballmer delivered the opening keynote at CES 42 Ballmer at MIX in 2008 As part of his plans to expand on hardware on June 19 2012 Ballmer revealed Microsoft s first ever computer device a tablet called Microsoft Surface at an event held in Hollywood Los Angeles 43 He followed this by announcing the company s purchase of Nokia s mobile phone division in September 2013 44 his last major acquisition for Microsoft as CEO On August 23 2013 Microsoft announced that Ballmer would retire within the next 12 months A special committee that included Bill Gates would decide on the next CEO 45 There was a list of potential successors to Ballmer as Microsoft CEO but all had departed the company Jim Allchin Brad Silverberg Paul Maritz Nathan Myhrvold Greg Maffei Pete Higgins Jeff Raikes J Allard Robbie Bach Bill Veghte Ray Ozzie Bob Muglia and Steven Sinofsky 46 47 B Kevin Turner Microsoft s Chief Operating Officer COO was considered by some to be a de facto number two to Ballmer with Turner having a strong grasp of business and operations but lacking technological vision 48 On February 4 2014 Satya Nadella succeeded Ballmer as CEO 6 Public image Edit Although as a child he was so shy that he would hyperventilate before Hebrew school 13 Ballmer is known for his energetic and exuberant personality which is meant to motivate employees and partners 49 shouting so much that he needed surgery on his vocal cords 13 Ballmer s flamboyant stage appearances at Microsoft events are widely circulated on the Internet as viral videos 50 51 52 One of his earliest known viral videos was a parody video produced for Microsoft employees in 1986 promoting Windows 1 0 in the style of a Crazy Eddie commercial 53 54 Ballmer and Brian Valentine repeated this in a spoof promotion of Windows XP later on 55 A widely circulated video was his entrance on stage at Microsoft s 25th anniversary event in September 2000 56 where Ballmer jumped across the stage and shouted I love this company 57 58 Another well known viral video was one captured at a Windows 2000 developers conference featuring a perspiring Ballmer chanting the word developers 59 60 Relationship with Bill Gates Edit Ballmer was Gates best man at his wedding to Melinda French and the two men described their relationship as a marriage They were so close for years that another Microsoft executive described it as a mind meld Combative debates a part of Microsoft s corporate culture that many observers believed were personal arguments occurred within the relationship while Gates was glad in 2000 that Ballmer was willing to become CEO so he could focus on technology 13 the Wall Street Journal reported that there was tension surrounding the transition of authority Things became so bitter that on one occasion Gates stormed out of a meeting after a shouting match in which Ballmer jumped to the defense of several colleagues according to an individual present at the time After the exchange Ballmer seemed remorseful the person said Once Gates leaves I m not going to need him for anything That s the principle Ballmer said Use him yes need him no 61 In October 2014 a few months after Ballmer left his post at Microsoft a Vanity Fair profile stated that Ballmer and Gates no longer talk to each other due to animosity over Ballmer s resignation 62 In a November 2016 interview Ballmer said he and Gates have drifted apart ever since saying that they always had a brotherly relationship beforehand 63 He said that his push into the hardware business specifically smartphones which Gates did not support contributed to their relationship breakdown 64 Retirement Edit After saying in 2008 that he intended to remain CEO for another decade Ballmer announced his retirement in 2013 after losing billions of dollars in acquisitions and on the Surface tablet Microsoft s stock price rebounded on the news 65 Ballmer says that he regretted the lack of focus on Windows Mobile in the early 2000s leaving Microsoft a distant third in the current smartphone market 66 Moreover he attributed the success of the expensively priced iPhones to carrier subsidies 67 He went on to say People like to point to this quote where I said iPhones will never sell because the price at 600 or 700 was too high And there was a business model innovation by Apple to get it essentially built into the monthly cellphone bill He called the acquisition of the mobile phone division of Nokia as his toughest decision during his tenure as it was overseeing the changing profile of Microsoft as it was expanding on hardware 68 Ballmer hosted his last company meeting in September 2013 69 and stepped down from the company s board of directors in August 2014 70 On December 24 2014 the Seattle Times reported that the IRS sued Ballmer Craig Mundie Jeff Raikes Jim Allchin Orlando Ayala and David Guenther in an effort to compel them to testify in Microsoft s corporate tax audit The IRS has been looking into how Microsoft and other companies deal with transfer pricing 71 Other positions EditBallmer served as director of Accenture Ltd and a general partner of Accenture SCA from 2001 to 2006 72 On competing companies and software EditApple Edit In 2007 Ballmer said There s no chance that the Apple iPhone is going to get any significant market share No chance 73 Speaking at a conference in NYC in 2009 Ballmer criticized Apple s pricing saying Now I think the tide has turned back the other direction against Apple The economy is helpful Paying an extra 500 for a computer in this environment same piece of hardware paying 500 more to get a logo on it I think that s a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be 74 In 2015 Ballmer called Microsoft s decision to invest in Apple to save it from bankruptcy in 1997 as the craziest thing we ever did By 2015 Apple was the world s most valuable company 75 In 2016 Ballmer did an interview with Bloomberg where Ballmer added context to his iPhone statement saying People like to point to this quote but the reason I said that was the price of 600 700 was too high he says he did not realize the business model innovation that Apple was going to deploy using the carriers to subsidize the phones by building the cost into the customer s monthly bill 76 Free and open source software Edit Main article Microsoft and open source In July 2000 Ballmer called the free software Linux kernel communism 77 and further claimed that it infringed with Microsoft s intellectual property 78 In June 2001 he called Linux a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches 79 Ballmer used the notion of viral licensing terms to express his concern over the fact that the GNU General Public License GPL employed by such software requires that all derivative software be under the GPL or a compatible license In April 2003 he even interrupted his skiing holiday in Switzerland to personally plead with the mayor of Munich not to switch to Linux 80 But he did not succeed with this and Munich switched to LiMux despite his offering a 35 discount at his lobbying visit 81 In March 2016 Ballmer changed his stance on Linux saying that he supports his successor Satya Nadella s open source commitments He maintained that his comments in 2001 were right at the time but that times have changed 82 83 Google Edit In 2005 Microsoft sued Google for hiring one of its previous vice presidents Kai Fu Lee claiming it was in violation of his one year non compete clause in his contract Mark Lucovsky who left for Google in 2004 alleged in a sworn statement to a Washington state court that Ballmer became enraged upon hearing that Lucovsky was about to leave Microsoft for Google picked up his chair and threw it across his office and that referring to then Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt who had previously worked for competitors Sun and Novell Ballmer vowed to kill Google 84 Lucovsky reports 85 At some point in the conversation Mr Ballmer said Just tell me it s not Google I told him it was Google At that point Mr Ballmer picked up a chair and threw it across the room hitting a table in his office Mr Ballmer then said Fucking Eric Schmidt is a fucking pussy I m going to fucking bury that guy I have done it before and I will do it again I m going to fucking kill Google 86 Ballmer then resumed attempting to persuade Lucovsky to stay at Microsoft Ballmer has described Lucovsky s account of the incident as a gross exaggeration of what actually took place 84 During the 2011 Web 2 0 Summit in San Francisco he said You don t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows Phone and you do to use an Android phone It is hard for me to be excited about the Android phones 87 88 In 2013 Ballmer said that Google was a monopoly that should be pressured from market competition authorities 89 Sports EditOn March 6 2008 Seattle mayor Greg Nickels announced that a local ownership group involving Ballmer made a game changing commitment to invest 150 million in cash toward a proposed 300 million renovation of KeyArena and were ready to purchase the Seattle SuperSonics from the Professional Basketball Club LLC in order to keep the team in Seattle However this initiative failed and the SuperSonics relocated to Oklahoma City Oklahoma where they now play as the Oklahoma City Thunder 90 In June 2012 Ballmer was an investor in Chris R Hansen s proposal to build a new arena in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle and bring the SuperSonics back to Seattle 91 On January 9 2013 Ballmer and Hansen led a group of investors in an attempt to purchase the Sacramento Kings from the Maloof family and relocate them to Seattle for an estimated 650 million However this attempt also fell through 92 Following the Donald Sterling scandal in May 2014 Ballmer was the highest bidder in an attempt to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers for a reported price of 2 billion which is the second highest bid for a sports franchise in North American sports history after the 2 15 billion sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012 After a California court confirmed the authority of Shelly Sterling to sell the team it was officially announced on August 12 2014 that Ballmer would become the Los Angeles Clippers owner 93 On September 25 2014 Ballmer said he would bar the team from using Apple products such as iPads and replace them with Microsoft products 94 It has been reported that he had previously also barred his family from using iPhones 95 In March 2020 Ballmer agreed to buy The Forum in Inglewood California 96 The purchase would allow him to build the Intuit Dome in the nearby area since plans for a new Clippers arena were opposed by the former owners of The Forum 96 In a survey conducted by The Athletic in December 2020 Ballmer was voted the best owner in basketball 97 Wealth EditBallmer was the second person after Roberto Goizueta to become a billionaire in U S dollars based on stock options received as an employee of a corporation in which he was neither a founder nor a relative of a founder citation needed As of November 2021 Bloomberg Billionaires Index estimates his personal wealth at 117 billion 2 ranking him as the 8th richest person in the world 2 Philanthropy EditOn November 12 2014 it was announced that Ballmer and his wife Connie donated 50 million to the University of Oregon Connie Ballmer is a University of Oregon alumna and previously served on the institution s board of trustees The funds will go towards the university s 2 billion fundraising effort and will focus towards scholarships public health research and advocacy and external branding communications 98 On November 13 2014 it was announced that Ballmer would provide a gift estimated at 60 million to Harvard University s computer science department The gift would allow the department to hire new faculty and hopefully increase the national stature of the program 99 Ballmer previously donated 10 million to the same department in 1994 in a joint gift with Bill Gates 100 Ballmer serves on the World Chairman s Council of the Jewish National Fund which means he has donated US 1 million or more to the JNF 101 USAFacts EditBallmer launched USAFacts org in 2017 a non profit organization whose goal is to allow people to understand US government revenue spending and societal impact He is reported to have contributed 10 million to fund teams of researchers who populated the website s database with official data 102 103 104 Personal life EditIn 1990 Ballmer married Connie Snyder 105 they have three sons 106 The Ballmers live in Hunts Point Washington 107 References Edit a b Steve Ballmer Fast Facts CNN March 11 2015 Retrieved January 28 2016 a b c d Bloomberg Billionaires Index Steve Ballmer Bloomberg L P Retrieved November 4 2021 a b Steve Ballmer Chief Executive Officer Microsoft March 1 2005 Archived from the original on February 3 2008 a b Steve Ballmer friend of Bill BBC News January 13 2000 Retrieved January 12 2017 Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to retire within 12 months Microsoft August 23 2013 Archived from the original on August 24 2013 a b Microsoft Board names Satya Nadella as CEO Microsoft February 4 2014 Archived from the original on February 4 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Forbes Steve Ballmer We should have turned Microsoft into a world class hardware company May 31 2017 Chaudhuri Saabira August 23 2013 Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to Retire Within 12 Months The Wall Street Journal Woody Leonhard January 14 2013 Microsoft s 13 worst missteps of all time InfoWorld Retrieved January 12 2017 Leonhard Woody November 19 2012 Game of thrones The men who would be Ballmer InfoWorld Retrieved June 14 2013 Turner Kevin Who will succeed Steve Ballmer at Microsoft Fortune CNN Retrieved September 4 2013 Gavin Clarke 2009 Ballmer garnishes Bing 2 0 with iPhone stomp Return of the Kool Aid kid The Register Retrieved April 23 2010 Nicholas Mead 2010 The best and worst of barmy Steve Balmer Archived from the original on June 3 2010 Retrieved November 27 2010 John Oates 2010 Ballmer readies slate PC for CES Monkey boy to hurl spoiler at Apple The Register Retrieved April 23 2010 John C Dvorak May 26 2011 Microsoft Needs to Check Itself PC Magazine Retrieved June 12 2011 9 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