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Steve Ballmer

Owner, Los Angeles Clippers

Former CEO, Microsoft

Last Edit: July 16, 2016

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March 24, 1956

Steven Anthony Ballmer born in Detroit to Beatrice and Frederic, a Ford Motor Company manager.
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October 1957

Steve's sister Rachelle "Shelly" Ballmer is born.
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c. 1964-67

While his father works for Ford in Belgium, Steve attends the International School of Brussels.

1971-73

While enrolled in high school, Steve takes college level math classes at Lawrence Technological U.

1973

Steve graduates from high school (Detroit Country Day School) as a National Merit Scholar.

1973-77

Steve attends Harvard University where he first meets future founder of Microsoft Bill Gates.

1973-77

At Harvard, Steve is football team manager, publisher of The Advocate & ad manager of The Crimson.
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1977

Steve graduates magna cum laude from Harvard with an AB in applied mathematics and economics.

1977-79

Ballmer works as assistant product manager at Procter & Gamble.
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1979

Steve enrolls in the MBA program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
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June 11, 1980

Asked by Bill Gates to be Microsoft's 1st business mgr., Steve drops out of Stanford's MBA program.
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1981

Microsoft's partnership is turned into a corporate structure; Ballmer now owns 8% of the company.
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1983

After Paul Allen leaves Microsoft due to illness, Ballmer leads development of operating systems.
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November 20,1985

2 years overdue, Microsoft ships v1.0 of its Windows OS. It's seen as a flop by many commentators.

March 13, 1986

MSFT's IPO creates first of many "Microsoft millionaire" option-holding employees, including Steve.

1986

In a video produced for internal Microsoft use, Steve appears in a parody ad for Windows.

1990

Steve marries Connie Snyder, who was also working for Microsoft when they met.
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February 1992

Ballmer is made Microsoft's Executive Vice President of Sales and Support.

August 1995

Under Ballmer’s influence, The Microsoft Network, Internet Explorer & Windows 95 launches.
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1996

In a joint gift to Harvard computer science and engineering, Ballmer donates $10M and Gates $15M.

1998

Ballmer leads development of Microsoft's .NET software framework for developers.

July 1998

Ballmer is promoted to President at Microsoft.
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1998

Ballmer emphasizes building Microsoft's business in enterprise software for corporate clients.

1998

Ballmer & Gates’ Night at the Roxbury parody video shown at MSFT conf.; after 2007, it went viral.

January 2000

Ballmer named CEO of Microsoft. Under his tenure, MSFT's revenues will increase from $25B to $70B.
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2000

As CEO, Ballmer makes it a priority for Microsoft to settle hundreds of lawsuits filed against it.
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2000

Steve gives famed “developers, developers, developers” talk at Microsoft’s 25th Anniversary event.

November 15, 2001

Microsoft launches Xbox gaming console; Ballmer's decisions crucial for MSFT entering this market.

February 13, 2002

Microsoft releases the .NET software framework for developers, which Ballmer had helped create.

November 11, 2004

Mark Lucovsky alleges Ballmer threw a chair in anger after hearing Mark was leaving MSFT for Google.

2005

Steve & his wife donate $100K opposing Washington State ballot initiative to repeal a gasoline tax.
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2007

The Ballmers donate $10M to create Partners for Our Children, a non-profit based at U. Washington.

2007

Ballmer agrees to $1.15B to fix Microsoft Xbox 360 hardware flaw crisis. The decision is a success.
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October 2010

Steve gives $425K opposing Washington State ballot initiative (supported by Gates) for tax on rich.

May 10, 2011

Under Ballmer’s leadership, Microsoft announces an all-cash acquisition of Skype for $8.5 billion.
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October 26, 2012

Microsoft launches Windows 8 & Surface tablet; Ballmer hails "epic" start to "new era of computing".

September 2012

With $500M, Microsoft launches the YouthSpark nonprofit to provide opportunities for youth globally.
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August 23, 2013

Ballmer announces plans to retire as CEO after tensions rise with Microsoft's board of directors.

November 2014

Ballmer gives $50M to the University of Oregon, half going to financial aid to low income students.

November 2014

Steve donates an estimated $60M to Harvard to endow 12 new computer science professorships.
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August 2014

Steve & his wife donate ~$600K supporting Washington State stricter gun control ballot initiative.

August 12, 2014

Ballmer's purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team for a record $2B gets NBA approval.
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August 19, 2014

Ballmer resigns from the Microsoft board.
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2014

Ballmer & Shelly Sterling agree to co-chair charitable foundation with up to 10% LA Clippers stake.

September 2015

Steve gives $11M to aid Washington state STEM & healthcare students at local state colleges.
1950s

March 24, 1956

Steven Anthony Ballmer born in Detroit to Beatrice and Frederic, a Ford Motor Company manager.

October 1957

Steve's sister Rachelle "Shelly" Ballmer is born.

1960s

c. 1964-67

While his father works for Ford in Belgium, Steve attends the International School of Brussels.

1970s

1971-73

While enrolled in high school, Steve takes college level math classes at Lawrence Technological U.

1973

Steve graduates from high school (Detroit Country Day School) as a National Merit Scholar.

1973-77

Steve attends Harvard University where he first meets future founder of Microsoft Bill Gates.

1973-77

At Harvard, Steve is football team manager, publisher of The Advocate & ad manager of The Crimson.

1977

Steve graduates magna cum laude from Harvard with an AB in applied mathematics and economics.

1977-79

Ballmer works as assistant product manager at Procter & Gamble.

1979

Steve enrolls in the MBA program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

1980s

June 11, 1980

Asked by Bill Gates to be Microsoft's 1st business mgr., Steve drops out of Stanford's MBA program.

1981

Microsoft's partnership is turned into a corporate structure; Ballmer now owns 8% of the company.

1983

After Paul Allen leaves Microsoft due to illness, Ballmer leads development of operating systems.

November 20,1985

2 years overdue, Microsoft ships v1.0 of its Windows OS. It's seen as a flop by many commentators.

March 13, 1986

MSFT's IPO creates first of many "Microsoft millionaire" option-holding employees, including Steve.

1986

In a video produced for internal Microsoft use, Steve appears in a parody ad for Windows.

1990s

1990

Steve marries Connie Snyder, who was also working for Microsoft when they met.

February 1992

Ballmer is made Microsoft's Executive Vice President of Sales and Support.

August 1995

Under Ballmer’s influence, The Microsoft Network, Internet Explorer & Windows 95 launches.

1996

In a joint gift to Harvard computer science and engineering, Ballmer donates $10M and Gates $15M.

1998

Ballmer leads development of Microsoft's .NET software framework for developers.

July 1998

Ballmer is promoted to President at Microsoft.

1998

Ballmer emphasizes building Microsoft's business in enterprise software for corporate clients.

1998

Ballmer & Gates’ Night at the Roxbury parody video shown at MSFT conf.; after 2007, it went viral.

2000s

January 2000

Ballmer named CEO of Microsoft. Under his tenure, MSFT's revenues will increase from $25B to $70B.

2000

As CEO, Ballmer makes it a priority for Microsoft to settle hundreds of lawsuits filed against it.

2000

Steve gives famed “developers, developers, developers” talk at Microsoft’s 25th Anniversary event.

November 15, 2001

Microsoft launches Xbox gaming console; Ballmer's decisions crucial for MSFT entering this market.

February 13, 2002

Microsoft releases the .NET software framework for developers, which Ballmer had helped create.

November 11, 2004

Mark Lucovsky alleges Ballmer threw a chair in anger after hearing Mark was leaving MSFT for Google.

2005

Steve & his wife donate $100K opposing Washington State ballot initiative to repeal a gasoline tax.

2007

The Ballmers donate $10M to create Partners for Our Children, a non-profit based at U. Washington.

2007

Ballmer agrees to $1.15B to fix Microsoft Xbox 360 hardware flaw crisis. The decision is a success.

2010s

October 2010

Steve gives $425K opposing Washington State ballot initiative (supported by Gates) for tax on rich.

May 10, 2011

Under Ballmer’s leadership, Microsoft announces an all-cash acquisition of Skype for $8.5 billion.

October 26, 2012

Microsoft launches Windows 8 & Surface tablet; Ballmer hails "epic" start to "new era of computing".

September 2012

With $500M, Microsoft launches the YouthSpark nonprofit to provide opportunities for youth globally.

August 23, 2013

Ballmer announces plans to retire as CEO after tensions rise with Microsoft's board of directors.

November 2014

Ballmer gives $50M to the University of Oregon, half going to financial aid to low income students.

November 2014

Steve donates an estimated $60M to Harvard to endow 12 new computer science professorships.

August 2014

Steve & his wife donate ~$600K supporting Washington State stricter gun control ballot initiative.

August 12, 2014

Ballmer's purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team for a record $2B gets NBA approval.

August 19, 2014

Ballmer resigns from the Microsoft board.

2014

Ballmer & Shelly Sterling agree to co-chair charitable foundation with up to 10% LA Clippers stake.

September 2015

Steve gives $11M to aid Washington state STEM & healthcare students at local state colleges.

September 2015

September 2015

Ballmer donates $20M to U. Washington to support the School of Social Work and its students.

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