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Top 5 Things Clippers Fans Need To Know About New Owner Steve Ballmer

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Steve Ballmer is officially the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. It took a couple of months to get through the legal process, and to drop Donald Sterling along the way, but there's finally a new man running the show in L.A.

Ballmer is certainly a breath of fresh air for the Clippers after three decades of being associated with Sterling. Here are five things fans should know about the team's new boss:

5. He's Midwest Born and Raised, Harvard Educated

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5. He's Midwest Born and Raised, Harvard Educated

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Ballmer was born and raised in the Detroit area and eventually ended up at Harvard in the late 1970s. While attending the prestigous University he was a manger for the football team and actually lived down the hall from Bill Gates. Ballmer graduated from Harvard in 1977 with an A.B. (BA) degree.

4. 31st Richest Person in the World

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4. 31st Richest Person in the World

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How could Ballmer afford to overpay for the Clippers? Easy. He's got billions at his disposal from getting on board with Microsoft at the ground floor. Forbes ranks Ballmer as the 31st richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of 21.4 billion

3. He Tried To Keep the SuperSonics in Seattle and Bring Them Back

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3. He Tried To Keep the SuperSonics in Seattle and Bring Them Back

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Ballmer was part of the group that tried to keep the SuperSonics in Seattle by committing to donate 150 million of the 300 million needed to renovate KeyArena. The attempt to save the Sonics obviously failed, but it didn't deter Ballmer from trying to move the Kings to Seattle in 2013 as well.

2. Microsoft CEO From January 2000 to February 2014

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2. Microsoft CEO From January 2000 to February 2014

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Ballmer joined Microsoft way back in 1980 as the company's 30th employee. He worked his way up the ranks, eventually becoming Bill Gates' No. 2 from 1998 to 2000. Ballmer became CEO in January of 2000, basically running the company with Gates still presiding as chairman.

1. He'll Make Fans Forget All About Donald Sterling

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1. He'll Make Fans Forget All About Donald Sterling

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No longer do Clippers players and staff have to worry about playing for an out-of-touch racist. While Ballmer may not be the most down to Earth guy, as billionaires rarely are, he's known for being energetic and as a guy who likes to motivate people. He will definitely bring a spark to the L.A. franchise from day one.