Fighting the Dark Side: Tech's Heroes and Villains

Tech's heroes balance profit with innovation and social responsibility. Its villains are money-mad egomaniacs. Think you know who's who?

By , CIO |  Business, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison

VILLAINS: Steve Ballmer

Microsoft CEO Ballmer doesn't have the oily self-importance of Ellison, but he does suffer from a reputation as an incompetent bully. It might just be that he is in charge of Microsoft, a company that many people would love to see fail. Microsoft's long history as a monopolistic profit hog makes the company itself more a villain than Ballmer the man, but he is the one calling the shots.

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