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Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer
Lecturer, Economics
Lecturer in Economics
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Steve Ballmer is the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA basketball team. Ballmer retired as Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft on Feb. 4, 2014. Before becoming CEO in 2000, his roles at Microsoft included senior vice president of sales and support, senior vice president of systems software and vice president of marketing. He joined Microsoft in 1980 and was the company’s first business manager. During his tenure as CEO, Microsoft more than tripled revenue and doubled profits.
Ballmer was born in March 1956, and he grew up near Detroit where his father worked as a manager at Ford Motor Company. Ballmer earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Harvard University. He worked for two years at Procter & Gamble Company as an assistant product manager and attended Stanford University Graduate School of Business before joining Microsoft.

Academic Degrees

  • BA, Mathematics and Economics, Harvard University,1977
  • Attended Stanford GSB, 1980

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer, Stanford GSB, 2014

Professional Experience

  • CEO, Microsoft, 2000-2014
  • President, Microsoft, 1998-2000

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Degree Courses


This course studies principles for leading organizations and creating business value from the perspective of a high-level executive. Topics include product development, business models and pricing, people management, time allocation, measurement...

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