Forbes (via BGR) ranked Microsoft’s infamous Steve Ballmer as the worst CEO of any publicly traded company “without a doubt.” I’m sure you all know Ballmer—the tall, sweaty man who loves to yell things like “c’mon!” and the classic, “developers, developers, developers.” Ballmer entered the role of Microsoft CEO in 2000, and he ranks as the 19th richest man in the world. However, as Forbes mentioned, this man could take the blame for many of Microsoft’s issues, like being slow to act in emerging markets, most namely smartphones.
“Although he’s #19 on Forbes list of billionaires, Mr. Ballmer should not be allowed to take such incredible risks with investor money and employee jobs. Best he be retired to enjoy his fortune rather than deprive investors and employees of building theirs.”
At the time of the iPhone’s launch in 2007, Ballmer and other Microsoft execs did not feel threatened. Now, look at who’s on top. Ballmer’s glory also came around the time of Windows Vista, which was plagued by issues and let OS X Leopard push Macs where they are today.
All right, enough bashing. I will just leave you with this video:
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