Steven Anthony Ballmer, the chief executive officer of Microsoft Corporation, was born in 1956, on March 24, in Detroit, Michigan to a Swiss-American father and a Jewish-American mother. He spent his childhood in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Ballmer did his schooling from Detroit Country Day School, a private college preparatory school in Beverly Hills, Michigan. He completed B.A. in mathematics and economics from Harvard University in 1977. During his studies in college, he worked on the university’s literary magazine, the Harvard Advocate and on The Harvard Crimson newspaper. He left his studies from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1980 to join Microsoft and he was hired as the first business manager. In 1998, he was promoted to President and after two years in 2000 he became the CEO and took over all management responsibilities. In 2003, keeping 4% of Microsoft share he sold 8.3% of his stocks.
Steve Ballmer was honored with an “Above and Beyond” award on behalf of Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve for his great support and amazing guidance to the employees of Microsoft.
For 20 years he has served Microsoft as the head of various divisions such as sales and support, operations, operating system development and some others.
According to Forbes Magazine 2011, he is the world’s 46th richest person with $14.5 billion fortune.
“Technology has an exponential path in front of it, meaning it has the ability to propel science, medicine, business, social issues and personal interactions in ways that are increasingly important to society and our own everyday lives.”