In Pictures: CEOs Microsoft missed

In Satya Nadella, Microsoft played it sensible. Here are the Ballmer successors we tech wags wanted to make our Redmond-flogging jobs a little easier

4. Lucas “BS King” Duplan This 22-year-old has improved on the young tech CEO success story by not only dropping out of college and starting a tech firm in his mom’s basement, but by founding a firm that’s attacted more than $25 million in VC financing while creating nothing. He obviously worships money, is universally despised by his employees, and is in arrogant denial regarding the future of his money-hemorrhaging, stunningly-ill-named corporate baby, Crinkle. All qualities that the Microsoft board was eagerly searching for, but the thought of his future children crawling from their cribs and assassinating him at age 24 probably derailed any momentum he might have had. Oh well, we’ll still be able to flog this guy with ink -- assuming he remains relevant.

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