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The world's fifth-richest person was Bill Gates' assistant

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Bill Gates' former assistant, Steve Ballmer, is just a few spots away from his former boss on the list of the world's richest people.

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Ballmer met Bill Gates at Harvard University before he dropped out to start Microsoft.

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Ballmer joined Microsoft as the 24th employee in 1980 after getting degrees in applied mathematics and economics from Harvard University.

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According to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index, Ballmer is the only non-founder of a major business empire among the world's top ten richest people.

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Starting as the president's assistant, his role was that of a business manager, and he steadily grew in rank over the years.

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Ballmer eventually became the president and then succeeded Gates as Microsoft's CEO. He stepped down in 2014 when he also bought the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Ballmer is richer than investment mogul Warren Buffett and Meta's Mark Zuckerberg.

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Steve Ballmer is currently just one spot behind his former boss Bill Gates on the list of the world's richest people, and his net worth is at $117 billion!

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