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


Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sued for $3M in strange case involving NBA bid, former Sonics employee’s debts

From honing his golf game to offering up advice to young students, it seems as though Steve Ballmer has enjoyed life post-Microsoft. But now the former CEO finds himself being sued for $3 million in a messy lawsuit related to the NBA. The Seattle Times has the details of the suit, which accuses Ballmer of promising to pay… Read More


Steve Ballmer wouldn’t move NBA’s Clippers to Seattle, says Microsoft is ‘still like a child to me’

Sorry, Seattle basketball fans: Even if Steve Ballmer were to own the Los Angeles Clippers, he wouldn’t move the team north. In light of the recent Donald Sterling fiasco, the NBA is hoping to find new owners for the Los Angeles Clippers. Ballmer’s name has come up as a potential buyer, especially since he nearly bought the… Read More


Ballmer calls Microsoft and Apple ‘two-trick ponies’ in first speech since leaving CEO role

Speaking to students at The Oxford Union, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer offered his thoughts on the importance of passion, Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp and Microsoft’s future. “I’m nervous,” he said at the beginning of his talk. “This is the first speech I’ll give — and maybe the last, too, if it doesn’t go well — as… Read More


Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to speak at University of Washington graduation

Graduates, graduates, graduates, graduates, graduates, graduates. OK — maybe that’s not exactly what former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is going to say at Husky Stadium on June 14, paying homage to his epic “developers” chant on stage at a conference in 2000. But University of Washington graduates can certainly expect high energy and some sound advice from Ballmer,… Read More