If CEOs were treated like stocks, someone might halt trading in Steve Ballmer …. Andrew Ross Sorkin spent some time chatting up the Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) chief’s fellow CEO and exceutives at Sun Valley and came away with something missing until now — empathy for Jerry Yang — plus a heavy dose of disbelief at Ballmer’s Batman-Robin routine with Carl Icahn. (No, I don’t know which is which.)
Google’s (NSDQ: GOOG) Eric Schmidt couldn’t resist (although maybe he should have): “Microsoft has a long history of having deals that look quite good and end up looking not so good when you look at the fine print.” At least Schmidt’s comments are attached to his name. It’s easy to take potshots when you can be an anonymous media executive — “If Microsoft called to buy your company, would you call them back?