In Pictures: Tech's greatest flip-floppers - When...
Steve Ballmer on acquiring Yahoo, 2011
Three years later, after the deal had fallen apart, Ballmer was relieved. "You ask any CEO who might have bought something before the market crashed in 2008, 'Would you be glad that you didn't buy something'? Hallelujah! Everything else aside, the market really kind of fell apart. If you think about the timing, if Yahoo had accepted our bid ... we would have closed post Lehman Brothers. So, yeah, sometimes you're lucky." (At the time, rumor was that he was actually preparing another bid for Yahoo, but it never materialized.)
In Pictures: Tech's greatest flip-floppers - When big shots change their tunes