Steve Ballmer Leaving Microsoft To Focus On Clippers


Newly minted Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is leaving Microsoft’s board of directors. Ballmer was one of the company’s first 30 employees and just last year left his job as CEO of the company.

Ballmer will be spending quite a bit of time in LA now that he’s assumed ownership of the franchise, after purchasing the team from the Sterling Trust for $2 billion.

“I bleed Microsoft — have for 34 years and I always will,” Ballmer wrote. But he cited the coming fall NBA season, civic contribution and teaching as keeping him from fully serving on the company’s board.

Ballmer still owns 4% of the company which is about 333 million shares, so it’s not as if he’s completely freeing himself from Microsoft. But he’s clearly enthusiastic about his new team. If you missed the introduction of Ballmer to the Clippers fans, treat yourself!