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Ballmer Gets Cannes Media Person of the Year

Our first reaction to the news that Steve Ballmer was winning an award at Cannes was,“Really??” That was until we figured out it was the Cannes Advertising Festival’s media person of the year award as opposed to a Cannes Film Festival award. Our reaction this was, “Really?!”

Guardian UK today reports that Steve Ballmer is set to follow in the footsteps of Sir Anthony O'Reilly, the former chief executive of Independent News & Media; Lachlan Murdoch, Viacom chairman and chief executive Sumner Redstone; and Italian prime minister and media magnate Silvio Berlusconi.

While we’re sure that Ballmer is completely worthy of this award, the Guardian also notes that Microsoft has been sponsoring Cannes International Advertising festival since 2002 and the agreement expires following the festival in 2010. Good to know. That aside, we’d like to take the time to look back on some of Ballmer’s more memorable moments in front of the media:

  • waikano
    Jane, I get the sense that you are not a Ballmer fan?!?!...LOL, neither am I.
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  • JMcEntegart
    He's a whackjob. I mean that in the finest sense of the word, of course.
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  • Greatwalrus
    Lol, those videos were hilarious. The first one made me want to stop eating my cereal... :\
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  • lexspecialis
    That guy is definitely not your average multi billion dollars company CEO.. Hahaha.. I wonder what he'll do if he's the one running General Motors..
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  • rallycars
    I have never seen an elbow pit stain. Let's just hope that is from wiping his forehead.
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  • tipoo
    "Our reaction this was"


    My reaction this was grammar check ;-)
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  • Greatwalrus
    tipoo"Our reaction this was"My reaction this was grammar check ;-)What are you talking about?.........

    Geez, not everybody likes Mondays I guess.
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  • Greatwalrus
    GreatWalrusWhat are you talking about?.........Geez, not everybody likes Mondays I guess.
    Oh, nevermind. I thought you were talking about the first sentence :P
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  • grieve
    Geez... the first Video should have been an "AXE" commercial, I would think he could change shirts now and again.
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