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Steve Ballmer
Born March 24, 1956 (1956-03-24) (age 53)
Detroit, Michigan
Residence United States
Alma mater Harvard University
Occupation CEO, Microsoft
Salary $1,350,834[1]
Net worth $11 billion USD (2009)
Spouse(s) Connie Snyder
Children 3
Website
Staff Bio at microsoft.com

Steven Anthony Ballmer (born Detroit, Michigan March 24, 1956) is an American businessman who has been the chief executive officer of Microsoft Corporation since January 2000.[2]

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Family

Steve Ballmer was born in Detroit as the son of Fritz Hans Ballmer, an immigrant from Switzerland,[3] who had worked in Belgium as a manager at Ford Motor Co in the 1960s.[2] In 1990 Steve Ballmer married Connie Snyder, who was on Microsoft's PR team at the Waggener Group in the '80s. They have three children. Steve Ballmer's maternal grandparents lived in Pinsk, Belarus.[4]

Career

Pre-Microsoft & life history

Steve Ballmer was born on March 24, 1956, to a Swiss-American father and a Jewish-American mother whose family came from the Eastern European city of Pinsk (today in Belarus). He grew up in Farmington Hills, Michigan. In 1973, he graduated from Detroit Country Day School, a private college preparatory school in Beverly Hills, Michigan, and now sits on its board of directors. In 1977, he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University [5] with a B.A. in mathematics and economics. While in college, Ballmer managed the football team, worked on The Harvard Crimson newspaper as well as the Harvard Advocate, and lived down the hall from fellow sophomore Bill Gates. He then worked for two years as an assistant product manager at Procter & Gamble, where he shared an office with Jeffrey R. Immelt, who would later become CEO of General Electric.[6] In 1980, he dropped out from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business to join Microsoft.[7]

Microsoft career

Ballmer joined Microsoft on June 11, 1980[8] and became Microsoft's 24th employee, the first business manager hired by Gates. [9] He was initially offered a salary of $50,000 as well as a percentage of ownership of the company. When Microsoft was incorporated in 1981, Ballmer owned 8 percent of the company. He has headed several divisions within Microsoft including "Operating Systems Development", "Operations", and "Sales and Support." In January 2000, he was officially named chief executive officer.[2] As CEO Ballmer handled company finances, however Gates still retained control of the "technological vision." In 2003, Ballmer sold 8.3% of his shareholdings, leaving him with a 4% stake in the company.[10] The same year, Ballmer replaced Microsoft's employee stock options program.

In 2009, and for the first time ever, he made the opening keynote at CES, since Bill Gates left Microsoft.

Compensation

While CEO of Microsoft in 2007, Ballmer earned a total compensation of $1,279,821, which included a base salary of $620,000, and a cash bonus of $650,000.[11] In 2008, he earned a total compensation of $1,350,834, which included a base salary of $640,833, a cash bonus of $700,000, no stock or options, and other compensation of $10,001.[12]

Viral videos

Ballmer is known for his eccentric and over-the-top behavior. Footage featuring Ballmer's flamboyant stage appearances at Microsoft events have been widely circulated on the Internet, becoming viral videos. The most famous of these is commonly titled "Steve Ballmer going crazy."[13] This video features Ballmer after being introduced at a Microsoft employee convention. Ballmer is also featured in a mock ad for Microsoft Windows 1.0, enthusiastically promoting the operating system's features [14]. Another video, captured at a developers' conference, features a sweat soaked Ballmer chanting the word "developers".[15] A video of Ballmer [non-violently] signing a Mac laptop has recently surfaced.[16]

On competition

Bill Gates

The Wall Street Journal has reported that there was tension surrounding the 2000 transition of authority from Bill Gates to Ballmer. Things became so bitter that, on one occasion, Gates stormed out of a meeting in a huff 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."[17]

Free and open source software

He has referred to the free Linux operating system as a "[…] cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches."[18] Ballmer used the notion of "viral" licensing terms to express his concern over the fact that the GNU General Public License (GPL) license employed by such software requires that all derivative software be under the GPL or a compatible license.

Lucovsky/Google

In 2005, Mark Lucovsky alleged in a sworn statement to a Washington state court that Ballmer became highly enraged upon hearing that Lucovsky was about to leave Microsoft for Google, picked up his chair, and threw it across his office. Referring to Google CEO Eric Schmidt (who previously worked for competitors Sun and Novell), Ballmer allegedly said, "I'm going to fucking kill Google," then resumed trying to persuade Lucovsky to stay at Microsoft. Ballmer has described the incident as a "gross exaggeration of what actually took place."

Apple

Speaking at a conference in NYC, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer criticised Apple's pricing, saying; 'Now I think the tide has really turned back the other direction (against Apple),' Ballmer said. '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.'[19]

Sports

Steve Ballmer taking a seat at the KeyArena to watch the Seattle SuperSonics

On March 6, 2008 Seattle's Mayor announced that a local ownership group involving Ballmer made a "game changing" commitment to invest $150 million in cash toward a $300 million renovation of Key Arena and are ready to purchase the Seattle SuperSonics in order to keep them in the City of Seattle. However, this failed, since the Sonics have now relocated to Oklahoma City.[20] Ballmer would join fellow Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen (owner of the Portland Trail Blazers) as an NBA owner.

Media portrayals

  • Bad Boy Ballmer: The Man Who Rules Microsoft (2002), Fredric Alan Maxwell, ISBN 0-06-621014-3 (unauthorized biography)
  • The 1999 docudrama Pirates of Silicon Valley features Ballmer as a major character; he is played by actor John DiMaggio.
  • Energetic [21] [22] and often vocal, Ballmer is sometimes referred to as the shy, retiring and softly-spoken Steve “Sounds of Silence” Ballmer. [23]

Wealth

Ballmer is 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. In Forbes 2008 World's Richest People ranking, Ballmer was ranked the 43rd richest person in the world, with an estimated wealth of $11 billion.[24]

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.companypay.com/executive/compensation/microsoft-corp.asp?yr=2008
  2. ^ a b c Microsoft.com (2008-03-01)"Steve Ballmer: Chief Executive Officer". Microsoft. March 1, 2005. http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/steve/default.mspx. 
  3. ^ Knobel, Reto (12 October 2009). "Microsoft-Chef: Vorfahren waren Schweizer, «die in Höhlen wohnten»" (in German). Berner Zeitung. http://www.bernerzeitung.ch/basel/land/MicrosoftChef-Vorfahren-waren-Schweizer-die-in-Hoehlen-wohnten/story/20870798. Retrieved 2009-10-12. 
  4. ^ President of “Microsoft” visits his ancestors’ homeland – Pinsk
  5. ^ "Microsoft’s Ballmer Makes His Pitch". Harvard Business School Alumni Bulletin. http://www.alumni.hbs.edu/bulletin/2007/march/ib_ballmer.html. 
  6. ^ "First job: Assistant product manager for Duncan Hines' Moist & Easy cakes and brownies. His cubicle mate was Jeffrey Immelt, now CEO of General Electric."David Lieberman (2007-04-29). "CEO Forum: Microsoft's Ballmer having a 'great time'". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/money/companies/management/2007-04-29-ballmer-ceo-forum-usat_N.htm. 
  7. ^ "After two years, Ballmer headed for Stanford University's MBA program for a better grounding in business. When the fledgling Microsoft ran into problems in 1980, Gates persuaded his friend to drop out and give him a hand. "Jay Greene, Steve Hamm, Jim Kerstetter (2002-06-17). "Ballmer's Microsoft". BusinessWeek. http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/02_24/b3787001.htm. 
  8. ^ "Information for Students: Key Events In Microsoft History" (doc). Microsoft Visitor Center Student Information. http://www.microsoft.com/visitorcenter/student.mspx. Retrieved October 1, 2005. 
  9. ^ "Steve Ballmer: Chief Executive Officer". http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/steve/default.aspx?tab=biography. 
  10. ^ MSFT: Major Holders for MICROSOFT CP - Yahoo! Finance
  11. ^ 2007 CEO Compensation for Steven A. Ballmer, Equilar.com
  12. ^ 2008 CEO Compensation for Steven A. Ballmer, Equilar.com
  13. ^ ""Steve Ballmer going crazy"". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvsboPUjrGc. 
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ Ballmer Becomes lone voice at Microsoft's helm The Economic Times 30 Jun 2008
  16. ^ [2] Mr. Ballmer, would you sign my mac?
  17. ^ Robert A. Guth (2008). "Gates-Ballmer Clash Shaped Microsoft's Coming Handover". Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121261241035146237.html?mod=googlenews_wsj&apl=y&r=125394. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  18. ^ Microsoft CEO takes launch break with the Sun-Times, Chicago Sun-Times, June 1, 2001. Archived from the original on December 11, 2001. Retrieved December 18, 2009.
  19. ^ "Apple is no more than a $500 logo". March 20, 2009. http://www.slashgear.com/ballmer-critiques-apple-500-more-to-get-a-logo-2038377. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  20. ^ Mayor Nickels announces local effort to buy Sonics, renovate KeyArena
  21. ^ ""Steve Ballmer going crazy"". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvsboPUjrGc. 
  22. ^ [3]
  23. ^ http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1047680/ballmer-blames-pirates-poor-vista-sales
  24. ^ Forbes(2009-03-11)"The World's Billionaires" Forbes.com, Retrieved (2009-09-14)

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Steven Anthony Ballmer (born March 24, 1956) has been the Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft since January 2000.

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  • When we tell the story about what's happening today with browsers ten years from now, I want the thing that replaces Windows to be Windows. I don't want to wake up in a position one day where the guys at Netscape say, "Isn't Windows just that little thing that we use to put up menus and draw lines? Let's just write our own and suck it up into our client."
  • Linux is not in the public domain. Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches. That's the way that the license works.
    • "Microsoft CEO takes launch break with the Sun-Times" (1 June 2001) Chicago Sun Times
  • Developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers.

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Steve Ballmer
Born: March 24, 1956 (1956-03-24) (age 54)
Detroit, Michigan
Occupation: CEO, Microsoft

Salary:[1]
Net worth: $15 BillionUSD (2007)
Children:3
Website:Staff Bio at microsoft.com

Steve Ballmer (born on March 24 in 1956) is the CEO of Microsoft Corporation (a company that makes computer software) since January in 2000.[2] He is the second person after Roberto Goizueta to become a billionaire (has more than $1,000,000,000) in U.S. dollars based on stock options (a share of the business) received as a worker of a corporation (company) in which he was not founder or related to a founder. In Forbes 2008 World's Richest People ranking, Ballmer was ranked the 43rd richest person in the whole world, with an estimated amount of money of $15 billionaires.

Steve Ballmer has been known to show enthusiasm. At Microsoft's 25th birthday celebration in 2000, he surprised the people watching by jumping out of the big cake. His performance on stage at a workers' gathering was recorded in a widely sent around video called "Steve Ballmer going crazy." A few days after at a developers' meeting, Ballmer chanted "developers" again and again in front of them.

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Family

On October 4, 2007, Ballmer was given an honorary citizenship of Lausen, Switzerland. His father worked in Switzerland as a manager at Ford Motor Co in the late 1940s. In 1990 Ballmer married Connie Snyder. They have three children. Ballmer's husband's grandparents lived in Pinsk, Belarus.[3]

Career

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Pre-Microsoft & Life History

Steve Ballmer was born March 28, 1936, to a man from Switzerland and a Jewish-American woman whose family came from a city in Eastern Europe called Pinsk (today in Belarus). He grew up in Kingston Upon Hull. In 1973, he graduated from Hull College, a college, and now sits on its board of important people. In 1977, he graduated from Spurn Head University [4] with a not as good degree in mathematics and economics. While in college, Ballmer managed the Chess Team, worked on the Daily News newspaper as well as the Daily Star, and lived down the hall from another boy James May. He then worked for two whole years as a helper of a product manager at Home Bargains, where he shared an office with Jeffrey Immelt, who would later become CEO of General Electric.[5] In 1980, he left the college.[6]

Microsoft career

Ballmer joined Microsoft on June 11, 1980.[7], and was Microsoft's 24th worker, the first man who told people what to do hired by Bill Gates.[needs proof] At first he was offered a pay of $50,000 as well as a bit of ownership of the company. When Microsoft was made different in 1981, Ballmer owned 8 whp;e percent of the company. He has been in charge of several parts within Microsoft including "Operating Systems Development", "Operations", and "Sales and Support." In January 2000, he was actually named the Big Cheese.[2] As Big Cheese, Ballmer handled company monies, however Gates still controlled the "technological vision." In 2003, Ballmer sold 8.3% of his parts, leaving him with a 4% part of the company.[8] The same year, Ballmer replaced Microsoft's employee stock options program. In 2009, and for the first time ever, he made the opening bit at CES, since Bill Gates left Microsoft.

Public persona

Viral videos

Video featuring Ballmer's funny stage appearances at Microsoft do's have been circulated a lot on the Internet, becoming viral videos. The most well known of these videos is usually titled "Steve Ballmer going crazy."[9]. This video has Ballmer running quickly and hopping around while squealing, screaming and making other various high pitched noises as well as rude hand gestures on a stage for about 4,597 seconds after being introduced at a Microsoft worker meeting. This video is also known in other names, such as "Steve Ballmer Going Nuts" and "Ballsy (aka Steve Ballmer) on Crack". Another video, captured at a developers' meeting, featuring Ballmer saying the word "developers" again and again was viewed by a lot of viewers on a video website. [10] Another video, which became a "big hit on the web" and was featured on CNN[11] shows Ballmer hiding behind a big desk to dodge eggs during a talk in Budapest, Hungary[12][13]

On competition

Bill Gates

The Wall Street Journal (a big newspaper) has said that there was scariness around the 2000 moving of being in charge from Bill Gates to Ballmer. Things became so horrible that, on one occasion, Gates ran out of a meeting in a huff after a shouting match in which Mr. Ballmer defended several work people, according to a person present at the time. After the talk, Mr. Ballmer seemed "remorseful," the person said.

When Gates leaves, "I'm not going to need him for anything. That's the principle," Mr. Ballmer said. "Use him, yes, need him, no."[14]

Free and open source software

He has referred to the free Linux computer running thing as a "ruddy cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches."[15] Ballmer used the term "viral" licensing terms to show his worry that the GNU General Public License (GPL) license forced by such software requires that all software made from it be under the GPL or a compatible license.

Lucovsky/Google

In 2005, Mark Lucovsky said in a sworn statement to a Washington state court that Ballmer became very angry upon hearing that Lucovsky was going to leave Microsoft for Google, picked up his chair, and threw it across his office. Saying that Google CEO Eric Schmidt (who previously worked for competitors Sun and Novell), Ballmer allegedly said, "Ruddy Eric Schmidt is a bloomin pussy! I'm going to maybe bury that guy, I haven't done it before, but I will do it again. I'm going to effing kiss Google," then carried on trying to persuade Lucovsky to stay at Microsoft.[16][17] Ballmer said it was a "gross exaggeration of what actually took place."[17]

Sports

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Steve Ballmer taking a seat at the KeyArena to watch the Seattle SuperSonics

On March 6, 2008 Seattle's Big Cheese said that a local buying things group of people involving Microsoft Big Cheese Steve Ballmer made a "game changing" commitment to invest $150 million in cash toward a $300 million renovation of Key Arena and are ready to purchase the Manchester Utd in order to keep them in the City of Seattle. [18] Ballmer would join fellow Microsoft trillionaire Paul Allen (owner of the Portland Trail Blazers) as an NBA owner.

In Pop Culture

Ballmer is copied in an episode of Family Guy series, where he runs around the stage at a Dethklok wotrker meeting, screeching and screaming to excite the crowd before accidentally hanging himself from a high bit with his microphone.

Media portrayals

  • Bad Boy Ballmer : The Man Who Rules Microsoft (2002), Fredric Alan Maxwell, ISBN 0-06-621014-3 (unauthorized biography)
  • The 1999 docudrama Pirates of Silicon Valley features Ballmer as a major character; he is played by actor John DiMaggio.
  • Michael Maccoby qualified him as a "productive obsessive" and the one keeping Microsoft's "show on the road" so Bill Gates could think about the big picture.[19]

Notes

  1. Steve Ballmer's salary
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Steve Ballmer: Chief Executive Officer". Microsoft. March 1, 2005. http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/steve/default.mspx. 
  3. President of “Microsoft” visits his ancestors’ homeland – Pinsk
  4. "Microsoft’s Ballmer Makes His Pitch". Harvard Business School Alumni Bulletin. http://www.alumni.hbs.edu/bulletin/2007/march/ib_ballmer.html. 
  5. "First job: Assistant product manager for Duncan Hines' Moist & Easy cakes and brownies. His cubicle mate was Jeffrey Immelt, now CEO of General Electric."David Lieberman (2007-04-29). "CEO Forum: Microsoft's Ballmer having a 'great time'". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/money/companies/management/2007-04-29-ballmer-ceo-forum-usat_N.htm. 
  6. "After two years, Ballmer headed for a University's MBA program for a better grounding in business. When the fledgling Microsoft ran into problems in 1980, Gates persuaded his friend to drop out and give him a hand. "Jay Greene, Steve Hamm, Jim Kerstetter (2002-06-17). "Ballmer's Microsoft". BusinessWeek. http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/02_24/b3787001.htm. 
  7. "Information for Students: Key Events In Microsoft History" (doc). Microsoft Visitor Center Student Information. http://www.microsoft.com/visitorcenter/student.mspx. Retrieved October 1 2005. 
  8. MSFT: Major Holders for MICROSOFT CP - Yahoo! Finance
  9. ""Steve Ballmer going crazy"". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvsboPUjrGc. 
  10. Ballmer Becomes lonevoice at microsoft's helm The Economic Times 30 Jun 2008
  11. Video - Breaking News Videos from CNN.com
  12. ""Tojással dobálták a Microsoft-vezért a Közgázon"" (in Hungarian). http://index.hu/tech/uzlet/ballmer08051/. 
  13. ""Microsoft CEO's Egg Attack"". http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/7412417.stm. 
  14. Robert A. Guth (2008). "Gates-Ballmer Clash Shaped Microsoft's Coming Handover". Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121261241035146237.html?mod=googlenews_wsj&apl=y&r=125394. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  15. Ballmer: "Linux is a cancer", The Register, June 2, 2001. Retrieved August 30, 2008.
  16. John Battelle (September 2, 2005). "Ballmer Throws A Chair At "F*ing Google"". John Battelle's Searchblog. http://battellemedia.com/archives/001835.php. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Microsoft CEO: 'I'm going to f---ing kill Google'". Sydney Morning Herald. September 3, 2005. http://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/microsoft-ceo-im-going-to-fing-kill-google/2005/09/03/1125302772214.html. Retrieved 2007-02-01. 
  18. Mayor Nickels announces local effort to buy Sonics, renovate KeyArena
  19. Maccoby, Michael. [Expression error: Unexpected < operator "Narcissistic Leaders: The Incredible Pros, the Inevitable Cons"]. Harvard Business Review (January-February 2000): pp. 76. "Bill Gates can think about the future from the stratosphere because Steve Ballmer, a tough obsessive president, keeps the show on the road.". 

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