Who is Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer was CEO of Microsoft Corporation from 2000 to 2014 and is the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. After taking over Microsoft from Bill Gates, he helped the company expand into the search engine sector by releasing Bing and led the acquisition of Skype.

BREAKING DOWN Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer was born on March 24, 1956 in Detroit, Michigan and grew up in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1977 with a bachelor of arts in applied mathematics and economics. He worked for two years at Procter and Gamble Co. and briefly attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business before being hired as Microsoft's first business manager in 1980. He became President of Microsoft in 1998 and became the company's CEO in 2000. He also served as director of Accenture Ltd. and as a general partner of Accenture SCA from 2001 to 2006.

In 2017, he started USAFacts.org, a non-profit organization whose mission is to make it easier for people to understand U.S. government revenue and spending. In 2008, Time Magazine named him one of the world's 100 most influential people. He was named to the TIME Tech 40 in 2013 as one of the most impactful minds in technology. As of July 2018, Forbes estimated his net worth at $40.7 billion.