A visibly emotional Bill Gates held back tears as he talked about finding the next CEO for Microsoft at the company's annual shareholder meeting in Washington.
Gates said "we've got a commitment to make sure the next CEO is the right person for the right time for the company we both love" before choking up. "We share a commitment that Microsoft will succeed as a company that makes the world a better place." One can't help but remember Steve Ballmer's own tearful farewell speech at his last Microsoft employee meeting in September.
Both men are clearly passionate about the company they both built. Bill Gates founded Microsoft with Paul Allen in 1975, and Steve Ballmer was hired as Microsoft's first business manager in 1980. After Ballmer's sudden revelation that he would retire from Microsoft within the year, speculation was rife that he was fired from the job by the company's board of directors. A recent report by the Wall Street Journal however, has Ballmer saying that it was entirely his idea to retire, as he came to believe that "the best way for Microsoft to enter a new era is a new leader who will accelerate change."
The search for Microsoft's next CEO remains ongoing.
Source: The Verge.