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Can Ballmer Investment in Twitter Help Lift the Stock 100%?

Steve Ballmer may have left the CEO job at Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) under a cloud, but he is still one of the most famous people in the history of tech, and a wildly rich man. Ballmer said in a tweet that he had bought 4% of Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR), an investment of $1 billion. The share value jumped 5%. This is not the end of the Ballmer rally, particularly if his uncanny knowledge of the Internet world is right.

Ballmer’s bet is probably on new CEO Jack Dorsey. Like Ballmer and his “partner,” Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Dorsey began his successful career at an early age, Dorsey has been a founder of both Twitter and mobile payment system Square.

Ballmer also has been through the challenge of making businesses that appear to have little future revenue into ones that do. Prime among these is Xbox, which he championed year after year, and which finally became the leading game console in the world.

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