Bad Boy Ballmer

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An incredible story of tremendous ambition, genius, arrogance, and charisma – an up-by-the-bootstraps saga of the man to whom Bill Gates gave his responsibilities and the title chief executive officer of Microsoft: Steve Ballmer. Eye-opening and thorough, Bad Boy Ballmer is a revealing look at one of the masterminds of the technological age.

In January 2000 Bill Gates gave his responsibilities and the title chief executive officer of Microsoft to his best friend, Steve Ballmer, who had been at Gates's side almost since the company's earliest days. The news sent shock waves throughout the technology and computer worlds, making many people wonder about the man entrusted with Bill Gates's company.

The life of Steve Ballmer is an incredible story of tremendous ambition, genius, arrogance and charisma, an up-by-the-bootstraps saga of how the only child of Swiss immigrants grew up in suburban Michigan became the fourth wealthiest American while working for someone else. Bad Boy Ballmer also reveals a man so arrogant that after the Department of Justice filed its antitrust suit against Microsoft, Ballmer stood on stage in San Jose and proclaimed 'to hell with Janet Reno’, a man so intense and aggressive that he once ripped his vocal cords by yelling too loudly.

In this enlightening biography – based on in-depth study and interviews with Microsoft insiders – Fredric Alan Maxwell provides the complete, controversial narrative of one of the technology industry's most influential and talked-about figures. A balanced portrait, the book reveals the good boy Ballmer – the dedicated son schooled in Birmingham, Michigan, who once took three months off to care for his ailing parents – and the bad boy Ballmer – the ruthless businessman who devised and led a scorched earth policy against other software developers.

Bad Boy Ballmer is also the definitive story of the Gates/Ballmer relationship, from their 1974 meeting at a Harvard dorm to the present day. Providing fresh insights into the bond between this odd couple, who describe their relationship as a marriage, the book shows how Ballmer and Gates work together to form Microsoft's ego and id. Ballmer's greatest accomplishment may have been putting up with Gates for more than two decades.

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Fredric Alan Maxwell is a researcher and writer whose work has been published in Newsweek, The New Yorker, and Harper's. He divides his time between Seattle, Missoula, Montana, and south Florida.

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