Bill Gates chokes up at Ballmer’s goodbye
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LOS ANGELES | Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates choked up while reading from prepared remarks during Steve Ballmer’s final shareholders meeting as chief executive.
The co-founder of the software giant said progress was being made to find Mr. Ballmer’s replacement and he thanked him for serving as CEO for the past 13 years. Only Mr. Gates and Mr. Ballmer, 57, have led Microsoft Corp. since its founding in 1975.
Mr. Ballmer, who said in August that he would step down within 12 months, was mostly light-hearted at what he called a “unique and fun meeting.”
He defended Microsoft’s move into hardware with its Surface line of tablets, which has been a money-loser so far, as well as its decision to purchase Nokia’s devices business for $7.2 billion. The acquisition was approved by Nokia Corp. shareholders Tuesday in Helsinki.