Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer Photo: Odi Kosmatos

 Steve Ballmer Life

Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer! Photo by: Rain Rannu.

Steve Ballmer was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 24, 1956. Steve’s parents were Frederic Henry Ballmer and Beatrice Dworkin. Ballmer’s father was a Swiss immigrant and a manager at the Ford Motor Company.

While Steve Ballmer was born in Detroit, he grew up in the affluent community of Farmington Hills, Michigan. In 1973 Steve attended college prep and engineering classes at Lawrence Technological University.

Steve Ballmer graduated from Detroit Country Day School, a private college preparatory school in Beverly Hills, Michigan, with a perfect score of 800 on the mathematical section of the SAT and was a National Merit Scholar.

In 1990 Ballmer married. He and his wife Connie had 3 children together.

Steve Ballmer Career

Steve Ballmer joined Microsoft on June 11th, 1990. He was Microsoft’s 30th employee and the first business manager hired by Bill Gates.

Steve Ballmer

Microsoft Way. Photo by: ToddABishop.

In the 20 years after he was hired, Steve Ballmer took charge of several Microsoft divisions; this included operations, operating systems development, and sales and support. In February 1992 and onwards, Steve Ballmer was the Executive Vice President.

Ballmer also led Microsoft’s development of the .Net Framework. After that development, Ballmer was promoted to Microsoft’s President, a title that he held from July 1998 to February 2001. This made Ballmer the number 2 man in the company; number 1 was the Chairman and CEO, Bill Gates.

In January 2000, Steve Ballmer was officially named Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Ballmer handled company finances and daily operations, but Gates remained chairman of the board and still retained control of the “technological vision” as chief software architect.

Gates relinquished day-to-day activities when he stepped down as chief software architect in 2006, while staying on as chairman, and that gave Ballmer the freedom needed to make major management changes at Microsoft.

Over the years, with Steve Ballmer as CEO, Microsoft’s annual revenue surged from $25 billion to $70 billion, while its net income increased 215 percent to $23 billion.  After saying in 2008 that he intended to remain CEO for another decade, Steve Ballmer announced his retirement in 2013.

Steve Ballmer at Harvard

Steve Ballmer

Harvard’s crimson warriors managed by Steve Ballmer! Photo by: j-fi

While attending Harvard University, Steve Ballmer was a manager for the Harvard Crimson football team, worked on The Harvard Crimson newspaper as well as the Harvard Advocate, and lived down the hall from fellow sophomore Bill Gates.

Steve Ballmer scored highly in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, an exam sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America (even scored higher than Bill Gates).