Wall Street tends to measure everything by how much value the share price is, while a normal CEO looks at how much money he is making. Ballmer said that size of market value was not everything and it depended how you used it.
“It is a long game. We have good competitors but we too are very good competitors,” he said. “I will make more profit and certainly there is no technology company on the planet that is as profitable as we are,” he said.
When it comes down to it 94 out of 100 people are picking a Windows PC. He also makes three times more money than Jobs.
A lot of his shares are being bought by Apple fanboys who would buy anything with an Apple logo on it and this has pushed the price up.
These are the same guys who would buy dog poo if Steve Jobs said that it was ice cream. Unfortunately for common sense they have managed to keep pushing the share price up and thus increased the value of the company a lot more than its ability to make cash.
The assumption is that Apple will continue to make record profits from now until doomsday, while Ballmer will fade away. We are not sure that you could ever make Ballmer fade away, he will always leave burn marks in the carpet.