Steve Ballmer


DEFINITION of 'Steve Ballmer'

A long-time key executive and chief executive officer of Microsoft since 2000. As Microsoft's leader, Steve Ballmer has worked to decentralize the company, refocus its mission statement and improve its public image. As a result of his work at Microsoft, Ballmer is also one of the richest people in the world.

BREAKING DOWN 'Steve Ballmer'

Ballmer became a multimillionaire when Microsoft went public in 1986. Born in 1956 in Detroit, Ballmer is well known for his outgoing and competitive personality. After graduating from Harvard University, Ballmer was hired as Microsoft's first business manager in 1980. In 2000, Ballmer became the company's CEO. In 2008, Time Magazine named him one of the world's 100 most influential people.

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