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The second Microsoftie on the list, Chief Executive Officer Steven A Ballmer ranks at no. 29 with a net worth estimated at $11 billion.

Incidentally, Ballmer is the first employee in the US to become a billionaire on stock options received as an employee of a corporation he has not founded.

A college mate of Bill Gate, Ballmer joined Microsoft in 1980 and was the first business manager to be hired by Gates. He became the CEO of Microsoft in 2000.

During his tenure at Microsoft, Ballmer has headed several divisions, including operations, operating systems development and sales and support.

Described as ebullient, focused, funny, passionate, sincere, hard-charging and dynamic, Ballmer is said to have imparted his own brand of energetic leadership, vision and spirit at Microsoft over the years.

Like his boss, Ballmer too dropped out of Stanford MBA programme to join Gates in 1980.
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