Steve Ballmer
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"Steven Anthony "Steve" Ballmer" is an American businessman who was the chief executive officer of Microsoft from January 2000 to February 2014, and is the current owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. , his personal wealth is estimated at United States dollar/US$20.6 billion, ranking number 23 on the Forbes 400. It was announced on August 23, 2013, that he would step down as Microsoft's CEO within 12 months. On February 4, 2014, Ballmer retired as CEO and was succeeded by Satya Nadella; Ballmer resigned from the Board of Directors on August 19, 2014 to prepare for teaching a new class and for the start of the NBA season.

On May 29, 2014, Ballmer placed a bid of $2 billion to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He officially became the Clippers owner on August 12, 2014.

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I like to tell people that all of our products and business will go through three phases. There's vision, patience, and execution.

I see great opportunity for revenue growth for Microsoft coming from the mid market.

I don't know what a monopoly is until somebody tells me.

I think it would be absolutely reckless and irresponsible for anyone to try and break up this company [Microsoft].

The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn't think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.

I've never thrown a chair in my life.

Mark's decision to leave was disappointing, ... and I urged him strongly to change his mind. But his characterization of that meeting is not accurate.

Accessible design is good design.

The lifeblood of our business is that R&D spend. There's nothing that flows through a pipe or down a wire or anything else. We have to continuously create new innovation that lets people do something they didn't think they could do the day before.