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Steve Ballmer

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Steve Ballmer is the former CEO of Microsoft and the new proud owner of the Los Angeles Clippers and one thing is for sure: this man is passionate about his organizations! Video footage and employee testimonials have detailed Sports Speaker Steve’s electric energy and enthusiasm that inspires those around him to reach their full potential.

Before entering into the sports ranks as the Clippers Owner, Steve worked hard to become a prominent visionary and businessman in the technology industry. A Harvard grad and dorm mate of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Steve spent two years at Proctor & Gamble before joining the staff at Microsoft in 1980. Steve worked his way through several divisions of the company including operations and systems development before becoming the Executive Vice President of Sales and Support in 1992. In 1998 he was promoted to President of the company and by 2000 he had been promoted to CEO.

Under his leadership, Microsoft almost tripled their annual income and Steve was instrumental in developing key projects including Microsoft’s Cloud program and the Xbox entertainment system. During the 2000’s the world was entering into the Post-PC era and Steve helped lead Microsoft to develop new products that supplement the sales of their PC’s and mobile PC devices. In 2012 the company saw a profit increase thanks largely in part to the success of Microsoft Office 365 and the company’s cloud services.

Steve stepped down from his position at Microsoft in February of 2014 but remained on the Board of Directors for the industry-leading company. In May of 2014, Steve offered to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion and following a few months of legal proceedings, he became the official owner of the NBA franchise on August 12, 2014. The franchise went through a difficult and tumultuous time after their former owner Donald Sterling’s racist remarks caused league and nationwide outrage towards the end of the 2013 season. Always up for the challenge, Steve accepted the job with the hopes to rebuild the reputation of the organization in the eyes of fans and the public.