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September 6, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Steve Ballmer ranks No. 9 on Vanity Fair’s “Powers That Be” list

Ballmer.jpgVanity Fair, the magazine that characterized Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s reign as the “lost decade,” now has Ballmer as No. 9 on its 2012 “The Powers That Be” list.

Ballmer’s No. 9 ranking is one step up from last year.

Vanity Fair explains his listing this way:

The calls for Ballmer’s resignation from the top spot at Microsoft come as if by clockwork, but the man doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. The software giant remains one of the largest–and most profitable–technology companies on the planet, with its much-maligned Windows operating system nonetheless powering more than a billion P.C.’s. The launch of Windows 8, in late October–which prompted Ballmer to boast, “The gloves are off!”–is the object of much speculation and anticipation.

Meanwhile, Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos (busy today launching new Kindles and Kindle Fires) ranks No. 3 in the magazine’s 2012 “New Establishment” list, the same ranking as last year.

(Photo of Ballmer from Microsoft)

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