Wednesday, 25 April 2012

44.Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer

Net Worth
$15.7 B As of March 2012
At a Glance
  • Age: 56
  • Source of Wealth: Microsoft, self-made
  • Residence: Hunts Point, WA
  • Country of Citizenship: United States
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Harvard University; Drop Out, Stanford University
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 3
Forbes Lists
Microsoft shares are higher than they've been in ten years as Chief Executive Steve Ballmer continues to wage battles with Google and Apple in the post-PC era, while trying to preserve the wildly profitable Windows empire. The company's new product blitz continues with well-received mobile software, the Kinect mobile control system for Xbox and cloud-computing services. Microsoft's $240 million investment in Facebook in 2007 is now worth about $1 billion. Ballmer, who's been CEO since 2000, has been hinting at an eventual exit, selling 18% of his shares in November 2010 and making his last keynote appearance at the giant CES trade show in January 2012. A Detroit native, he dropped out of a Stanford M.B.A. program to join Harvard classmate Bill Gates in 1980 as employee number 30 at Microsoft. Ballmer keeps his philanthropy quiet. He entertains partners and executives in a private room at an undisclosed restaurant in Seattle. Otherwise he works, goes to the gym and hangs out with his family. [...] more

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