Ex-Microsoft CEO Ballmer Says Smartphones Strained His Relationship With Bill Gates

Billionaire bromance between Gates and Ballmer fell apart! 

Ex-Microsoft CEO Ballmer Says Smartphones Strained His Relationship With Bill Gates
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Personal relationships are always tricky, but they are even more delicate when they resolve around running a business worth millions or billions of dollars. Just ask Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates!

In a recent interview with Bloomberg TV, Steve Ballmer expanded on his relationship with university friend and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, explaining that the two have "drifted apart." The reason? The gosh darn smartphones!

It wasn't because Gates spent too much time on his smartphone over dinner or because Ballmer didn't call enough. Then what? Just scroll it down.

Source: Bloomberg

Ballmer, the former Microsoft CEO, revealed this week

Ballmer, the former Microsoft CEO, revealed this week

The "brotherly relationship" with Bill Gates was twisted in part by his push, to invest heavily in tablets and smartphones.

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By that time, Apple was already well established. He said Gates and the board seemed reluctant to do so.

Further he said...

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"I think there was a fundamental disagreement about how important it was to be in the hardware business," Ballmer said.

When Microsoft did eventually start developing its mobile and smartphones business, it wasn't without obstacles.

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The company released its first tablet, the Surface RT in 2012. But the product was poorly received, and Microsoft took a $900 million write-down as a result.

Ballmer officially retired from Microsoft in early 2014.

Ballmer officially retired from Microsoft in early 2014.
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He was the CEO of Microsoft for 14 years and was replaced by current CEO Satya Nadella. Since then, he and Bill Gates have "drifted apart." 

"Microsoft was kind of the thing that really bound us.", Ballmer said. 

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"We started off as friends, but then really got quite enmeshed around Microsoft. Since I've gone, we really have drifted a little bit.", he continued.

Ballmer now owns the Los Angeles Clippers

Ballmer now owns the Los Angeles Clippers
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Let me tell you; Los Angeles Clippers is an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles.

From the past.

From the past.
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Snapshot from the PC forum in 1986.

Check the full interview here!