Steve Ballmer putting a spell on Google

Could not resist this picture of SteveB, where he looks like he is about to put a spell on his competitors.

Steve Ballmer at a glance

Born March 24, 1956 (1956-03-24) (age 51) Detroit, Michigan
Occupation CEO, Microsoft
Net worth $15 billion USD (2007)

Ballmer is a vocal individual, a great motivator with an extremely competitive spirit, I have attended several sessions with him, during my tenure at MS.

According to one former employee's headline-grabbing allegations, this competitive nature has manifested itself more violently. In 2005, Mark Lucovsky alleged in a sworn statement to a Washington state court that Ballmer became highly enraged upon hearing that Lucovsky was about to leave Microsoft for Google.

Lucovsky said Ballmer threw a chair across the room and shouted: "Fucking Eric Schmidt is a fucking pussy. I'm going to fucking bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again. I'm going to fucking kill Google." Shortly after, he resumed trying to persuade Lucovsky to stay at Microsoft. Ballmer has described Lucovsky's account of the incident as a "gross exaggeration of what actually took place."[8]

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