Date
22 August 2017
Steve Ballmer greets fans of his newly acquired LA Clippers basketball team at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday. Photo: AFP
Steve Ballmer greets fans of his newly acquired LA Clippers basketball team at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday. Photo: AFP

Ballmer quits Microsoft board to focus on LA Clippers

Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has left the company’s board to spend more time on his newly acquired Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, but said he will keep his 4 percent stake in the software giant, Reuters news agency reported on Tuesday.

“I see a combination of the Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking a lot of time,” Ballmer said in a letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

“The fall will be hectic between teaching a new class and the start of the NBA seasonso my departure from the board is effective immediately,” he said.

Ballmer, 58, acquired the Clippers for US$2 billion, a record in the National Basketball Association.

His exit marks the end of a 34-year association with the company that led the personal computer revolution. Ballmer joined Bill Gates’ firm in 1980 when it was just a small startup in the Seattle suburbs, and succeeded him as CEO from 2000 until this February, the report said.

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