Steve Ballmer was employee number 30 at Microsoft. He came at a time when Microsoft was full of technical people and Bill Gates needed a sales person with some business experience. Ballmer was a Harvard graduate, and did not think too much about the computer business; Bill Gates needed to give him a special incentive to join, and the incentive was a profit sharing plan: Gates offered Ballmer a certain percentage of Microsoft’s profits in exchange for joining the company. Steve Ballmer accepted the offer, which turned out to be one of the best deals in history ever done by an individual: after a few years the profits of Microsoft were so high, it needed to “buy out” Ballmer’s contract. They did it by giving him 8% share of the company: higher than anyone at the company at the time, except for the two founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen. The profit sharing contract was great for Ballmer, but changing over to a big share package wasn’t too bad for him either: he sold about half of his shares in 2003, for close to a Billion dollars in cash. But that’s not all: the remainder 4% is worth about 20 Billion dollars today. What a deal!