Report: Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to buy the Clippers for $2 billion

Alleged bid to set new record as highest price paid for an NBA team.

Steve Ballmer, former chief executive officer at Microsoft, has reportedly won a bid for NBA team the Los Angeles Clippers. His $2 billion bid has set a record as the highest price paid for an NBA team.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Ballmer's offer beat investors Tony Ressler, Steve Karsh, and a group including David Geffen and Guggenheim Group executives. The Geffen group and Ressler allegedly bid at $1.6 billion and $1.2 billion respectively.

Steve Ballmer's retirement from Microsoft was announced in August last year, having served as the company's CEO since 2000. He was succeeded by Satya Nadella in February this year, but remains on the company's board of directors.

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Zorine “harli” Te is GameSpot Australia's associate editor.
105 comments
nights_team2k7
nights_team2k7

fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals.......

rob19ny
rob19ny

Steve Ballmer just became Stever Baller.

Karchy
Karchy

Cheerleaders are fired. Ballmer dance from now on

Furwings
Furwings

Doesn't surprise me. This guy never really earned his money, so parting with some of it is no biggie. He just rode Bill Gates coattails. Bill's goofy, drunk, coke-sniffing, loud, sweaty college buddy more suited to be a used car salesman somehow latches onto Bill and makes 20 billion dollars in the process. This guy is a walking, talking (more like yelling) example of pure dumb luck.

immortality20
immortality20

I have to admit, it'd be an amazing feeling to own a sports team. Just the seats alone makes me drool!

blackace
blackace

Damn, this guy is worth over $2 billion? That's insane. Bill Gates must have over $30 billion in his bank account then. Why anyone would waste $2 billion on an NBA Team like the Clippers is beyond me. I don't think any NBA or NFL team is worth that amount of money. If I were a billionaire something like this wouldn't even be on my buy list. Waste of money.

tomservo51
tomservo51

$3 to use the toilet at clippers games coming soon.

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

For those times you've got money to burn...

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

Damn.  I guess overly restrictive DRM is actually good for someone.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

I guess Ballmer still has the buyout bug.

gottago42
gottago42

Maybe he can bailout Sony, they could use the help

olddadgamer
olddadgamer

Wow.  Mattrick to Zynga.... Ballmer gets the clips..... 


What's worse?

rabbitcancer
rabbitcancer

Is he going to run them into the ground as well?

Suaron_x
Suaron_x

This article has nothing to do with gaming, Gamespot.  

Sushiglutton
Sushiglutton

He obv suffers from TMM (too much money-syndrome).

alaannn
alaannn

this is stupid 2 billion for a sports company 3 billion for a headphone company the list goes on,american money seems to be worthless

starfox15
starfox15

Maybe he can run this team into the ground as well. 

Asus4000
Asus4000

A step in the right direction

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

While people work for scraps or have nothing. I would build at least one bedroom, like studio apartments complex for homeless people. Fu*king sickening, this is what The Elite and New World Order is all about.


How did people fall for this "capitalism is good for you" bullshit. man humanity will end so bad, we wont see it coming, as in system will fall, it will be lawless and chaotic. But we deserve it.

jjleshko90
jjleshko90

What does this have to do with video games, Zo?

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

i cant believe single individual people have this kind of money. 


What do you need a billion dollars in your bank for? its a joke, pay your workers more or something. Build housing in poor areas or something. Do something that means something.


For all you people that think Bill Gates is todays Jesus. Hes not, he funds Monsanto and GMO foods and funds crappy vaccines that make kids crazy and his mate Buffet feeds you Coca Cola and ships his businesses overseas for slave labour. these people are about as Jesus like as a Roman Emperor.

zerofrust
zerofrust

Hot Damn! That's some serious dough to waste...

phiphthvyoo
phiphthvyoo

He'll make it back fast.  Just jack up every ticket by $100 and include a mandatory camera.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Well that's odd.


By the way, did you know Nintendo owns an MLB baseball team?

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

Gezus. How much is he worth? Good to know that making crap since he was in office made him filthy rich.


Edit: Apparently he is worth $20 billion and was making $1.4 million a year as CEO. God capitalism is out of hand.

Veenox
Veenox

Nice Gaming News

Chatch09
Chatch09

Comforting to know that M$ CEOs have billions of dollars to just throw around....

wexorian
wexorian

That's better invest  than Xbox smart guy

immortality20
immortality20

@blackace Bill Gates is worth 72 Billion and Ballmer is worth 20 billion. That's from Forbes top 500 richest people. When MS when public in stocks it made 4 or 5 billionaires and at least a dozen multi-millionaires. 


mlp071
mlp071

@tomservo51 Nah they will install voice commands on it.." Toilet on" ..oh wait they already have that on similar MS product..dang..

blackace
blackace

@gottago42 Yeah right. Sony doesn't have that kind of bread to burn. lol!!

olddadgamer
olddadgamer

@Suaron_x Who cares?  So many good potential jokes.  If it's gonna be a slow day, at least tee up the funnies. 

bourne714
bourne714

Ikr? I spent $85 at Walmart and $33 at McDonald's. I can totally relate.

blackace
blackace

@shinjuki Did Seattle get their team back? I know Charlotte Bobcats are changing their name back to the Hornets.

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

@Asus4000 Yeah. Why show some humanity and help those desperate when you can invest 2 billion and get back triple that in 5 years. Wooo Hooo long live humanity haha

olddadgamer
olddadgamer

@WolfgarTheQuiet While I certainly agree with you, we're all here on a site that celebrates gaming.  We've all spent a great deal of money on gizmos and software that really have no purpose save for our own enjoyment.  We could have used that to build homes for the homeless or whatever, but we didn't.  You, too, unless you're the one person here who doesn't game.


We aren't all saints.  We aren't all evil.  You can have luxuries and still be a good person.  The rich just do it on a higher scale.

FastRobby
FastRobby

@nyran125tk Sure, only look at the bad things they do, don't look from a different perspective... You shouldn't look at the world as if it is black and white, it's a big grey area. Also funding GMO foods can solve world food problem, but keep thinking it's a bad thing...

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

@nyran125tk Spot on. I would be happy to have a nice little house, moderate car and enough for some of my interests.

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

@WingChopMasta While people work for scraps or have nothing. I would build at least one bedroom, like studio apartments for homeless people. F*cking sickening, this is what The Elite and New World Order is all about.


How did people fall for this "capitalism is good for you" bullshit. man humanity will end so bad, we wont see it coming, as in system will fall, it will be lawless and chaotic. But we deserve it.

blackace
blackace

@bourne714 $33 at Macdonalds? Do you live in New York or having a large family to feed? I've never paid that amount of money at any McDonalds. I hate their burgers anyways. Jack-in-the-Box and Fuddruggers destroy McDonald's when it comes to burgers.

SphinxDemon
SphinxDemon

Lol 33$ are you insane... sounds like a potential heart attack :/

alaannn
alaannn

@bourne714 33 for a mac donalds was it just for you,was it a birthday party or somthing

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

@FastRobby @nyran125tk GMO is poison LOL. It solves NWO purpose of cutting down population. Even f*ucking water is poisoned. Just read earlier what is content of toothpaste, almost threw up, there is rat poison in its mix among other things.


The elite wants you to remain asleep and dumb you down, easier to control dude.