Steve Ballmer was the CEO of Microsoft between 2000 and 2014 when he replaced Bill Gates. Ballmer had joined Microsoft in the 1980s, rising to the role of president by 1998 before becoming CEO. Before he stepped down as CEO in 2014, he owned 4% of Microsoft stock, which at today’s market value are worth $83 billion.
History of Steve Ballmer at Microsoft
While Steve Ballmer is known for his crazy appearances on stage, which have deserved him a place as a tech meme.
And one of the worst prediciton in the business world, when he laughed about the iPhone.
In reality, Steve Ballmer has been with Microsoft since the very early days, rising from assistant to Bill Gates to CEO of the company.
As he highlighted in a Bloomberg Interview, Steve Ballmer really started by doing any tasks required at Microsoft, in the early days, from accounting to sales, until he became more and more valuable within the company, taking more critical roles.
As Bill Gates stepped down as CEO, he picked Ballmer as his successor. Ballmer would be the CEO of Microsoft between 2000-14 when he was succeeded by Satya Nadella.
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