Microsoft Chairman John Thompson, foreground, with other members of the board at the 2013 Microsoft annual meeting. (GeekWire File Photo)

Microsoft’s board: New blood could mean new approach

Steve Ballmer’s resignation from the Microsoft board this week is the latest change for a group that has experienced a major shakeup over the past year — including a new chairman in John Thompson; a new CEO in Satya Nadalla; the addition of an activist shareholder in ValueAct’s Mason Morfit; and the appointment of a wireless veteran,… Read More


Professor Ballmer! Ex-Microsoft CEO to teach Stanford MBA class ‘Leading Organizations’

Steve Ballmer certainly learned a lot from leading Microsoft for 14 years. Now, he’ll pass on that knowledge to MBA students. Ballmer, who stepped down from Microsoft’s board on Tuesday, will teach a class called “Leading Organizations” at Stanford this fall. Business Insider reports that the former Microsoft CEO will also teach at USC’s Marshall… Read More


Watch Steve Ballmer scream and go insane at Clippers rally

To say Steve Ballmer is excited to own the Los Angeles Clippers would be quite the understatement. The former Microsoft CEO spoke at a Clippers fan rally one week after he formally became the team’s new owner. He was introduced by head coach Doc Rivers and came out screaming, yelling, and high-fiving fans. “I can’t… Read More


Ballmer on $2B Clippers purchase: ‘It’s not the craziest thing I’ve ever acquired’

Compared to past NBA deals, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s $2 billion purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers franchise — which became official today — is not only record-breaking, but also quite excessive. The previous NBA team to be sold was the Milwaukee Bucks, which went for $550 million in April. But Ballmer defended the price tag… Read More


It’s official: Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer now owns the Los Angeles Clippers, pledges to be ‘hardcore’

Steve Ballmer can now update his resume with quite the job title: Los Angeles Clippers owner. The NBA announced today that the former Microsoft CEO has officially become the new owner of the Clippers after purchasing the team for a record-breaking $2 billion. Last month, a judge paved the way for Ballmer’s purchase after he ruled against… Read More


Steve Ballmer pours in $600K for initiative that ensures background checks for gun sales

Steve and Connie Ballmer want the state of Washington to enforce stricter gun-buying laws, and they’re putting up some dough in order to make it happen. The former Microsoft CEO and his wife have poured in nearly $600,000 to the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, a coalition that wants to require background checks for Washington residents who buy… Read More


Yes, Steve Ballmer is overpaying for the Los Angeles Clippers

Newsflash: Steve Ballmer is paying too much for the Los Angeles Clippers. ESPN obtained financial documents that reveal expected 2014 revenue for the Clippers, a team that Ballmer is set to purchase for $2 billion. The “bid book,” which was used by current owner Shelly Sterling as an exhibit in court, reveals that the Clippers should make… Read More

Satya Nadella

Nadella earns high marks from Microsoft employees, outpacing Ballmer, prior to this week’s job cuts

The psychological impact of Microsoft’s job cuts is still rippling through the company’s workforce, but CEO Satya Nadella has the advantage of a very high approval ratings from employees prior to the cuts. Numbers provided to GeekWire by the Glassdoor employment review and ratings site put Nadella’s cumulative approval rating at 88 percent. That’s well above the average CEO approval… Read More


Steve Ballmer was impersonated on the phone, signature allegedly forged in failed investment deals

From that rambunctious personality to the leadership style he implemented at Microsoft, Steve Ballmer is truly one-of-a-kind — which makes it all the more surprising that a former friend found ways for Ballmer to be impersonated on the phone to set up lucrative deals with potential investors. The Seattle Times has the details of what’s turned into a messy relationship between… Read More


Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer committed to living in Washington ‘for the rest of my life’

With Steve Ballmer on the verge of owning a professional basketball franchise in Southern California, many have wondered if the former Microsoft CEO and longtime Washington resident will leave the Pacific Northwest for good. It’s a concern that my colleague John Cook shared last month, noting how many thought Ballmer would stick around town to invest in the… Read More


Steve Ballmer’s three pieces of advice for college grads

If you missed the energy Steve Ballmer brought to Microsoft events, well, you should have watched the University of Washington commencement on Saturday afternoon. The former Microsoft CEO gave a keynote speech at the 139th UW graduation celebration in front of more than 45,000 people and started his talk in classic Ballmer style. “I have to… Read More

Ballmer’s signature on the Windows 7 Signature Edition box, above, and the purported contract, below.

Ballmer’s signature was forged on ‘phony’ document in latest lawsuit, his lawyer says

A lawyer for Steve Ballmer says the former Microsoft CEO’s signature was forged on a key document in a lawsuit against Ballmer over an alleged $5 million financial consulting agreement related to his early efforts to acquire an NBA team. The document, dated Dec. 9, 2009, purports to create an “Agency Agreement” between Ballmer and his longtime friend, former Seattle… Read More


Steve Ballmer sued by investment advisor over busted $5M basketball consulting agreement

[Follow-up: Ballmer's lawyer says the former Microsoft CEO's signature was forged on the agency agreement at the center of this case, and that Ballmer wasn't aware of or involved in any agreement cited in the lawsuit.] A new lawsuit claims that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer owes more than $5 million to an investment advisor who was hired to… Read More


Steve Ballmer: I’ll do ‘everything in my power’ to keep the Clippers in Los Angeles

Any Seattle basketball fans hoping that Steve Ballmer would bring the Los Angeles Clippers up to the Emerald City can stop dreaming. ESPN reporter Ramona Shelburne, who has been following this story closely ever since current owner Donald Sterling had his racist comments leaked online, tweeted out statements early Friday morning from both Ballmer and Donald Sterling’s… Read More


Why Steve Ballmer’s $1.8B bid for the Clippers could be really bad for Seattle (and it’s not about sports)

Steve Ballmer left Microsoft in February after 34 years, and since then he’s spent time on college campuses giving commencement speeches and on the links honing his golf game. But he’s also been working the angles on buying the Los Angeles Clippers, the disgraced NBA franchise whose owner Donald Sterling may be forced to sell… Read More