Steve Ballmer is an American businessman, investor, and philanthropist who rose to fame with his long tenure as the CEO of software giant Microsoft. He is known for his energetic and passionate leadership style, and is considered one of the wealthiest people in the world. In addition to his role at Microsoft, Ballmer is also the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team.
Early Life and Education:
Ballmer was born on March 24, 1956, in Detroit, Michigan. His father worked as a manager at Ford, while his mother was a homemaker. He grew up in a middle-class household, and attended Detroit Country Day School, a prestigious prep school. Ballmer went on to attend Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in applied mathematics and economics.
Career and Achievements:
After college, Ballmer worked for two years at Procter & Gamble before enrolling in Stanford University’s business school. While at Stanford, he became friends with classmate Bill Gates, who would later invite him to join his new software company, Microsoft. Ballmer joined the company in 1980, and quickly rose through the ranks. He was named CEO in 2000, a position he held until 2014.
During his time at Microsoft, Ballmer oversaw the company’s transition from a software firm to a major player in the tech industry, expanding into hardware and services. He also played a key role in negotiations with the US Department of Justice during the antitrust case against Microsoft. Under his leadership, Microsoft became one of the world’s most valuable companies, with a market capitalization of over $600 billion.
In addition to his work at Microsoft, Ballmer is also the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team. He purchased the team for $2 billion in 2014, and has been heavily involved in its operations ever since.
Ballmer is married to Connie Snyder, whom he met while attending Stanford. They have three children together. In addition to his philanthropic work through the Ballmer Group, which focuses on improving economic mobility for children and families, Ballmer is also a major donor to Harvard University, his alma mater.
|Born:||March 24, 1956|
|Companies:||Microsoft, Los Angeles Clippers|
|Net Worth:||$71.3 billion (2021)|