Bad Boy Ballmer by Fredric Alan Maxwell

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The unauthorized biography of an immigrant's son whobecame a multibillionaire working for Bill Gates, and probably the highest-paid employee in American history.

In January 2000, Bill Gates gave his vast responsibilities and title of Microsoft CEO to his best friend Steve Ballmer, a man relatively unknown to the public. Based on in-depth study and interviews with classmates and Microsoft insiders, Fredric Alan Maxwell vividly brings to life one of the technology industry's most colorful and controversial figures: Steven Anthony Ballmer. From Ballmer's relatively humble suburban Detroit beginnings (where he and his archrival Scott McNealy went to competing high schools) and his 1974 meeting with Gates in a Harvard dorm, Maxwell richly details how the competition addicts Ballmer and Gates have worked together for the past twenty years to form Microsoft's ego and id. The up-by-the-bootstraps saga reveals both the good boy Ballmer -- the dedicated son, great friend, and supportive schoolmate -- and the bad boy Ballmer -- the ruthless businessman who earned the nickname "The Em-balmer."


About Fredric Alan Maxwell

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Fredric Alan Maxwell is a New Yorker-profiled researcher and writer whose work has appeared in Newsweek, Harper’s, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Magazine. He can be reached at
Published September 30, 2002 by Diane Pub Co. 278 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Computers & Technology, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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