Tenacious and sharp-tongued, Steve Ballmer has held the helm at Microsoft for more than 13 years -- much longer than the average tenure for a Fortune 500 CEO, which is typically in the five-year range. Ballmer has navigated highs and lows, economic recessions and recoveries, acquisitions, lawsuits, and competitive battles. On Aug. 23, the company announced that Ballmer will retire as Microsoft CEO at some point in the next 12 months. Here’s a look at the company he’s leaving.
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