From Nokia chief to Bill Gates, guessing game begins on new Microsoft CEO
LONDON (REUTERS) - As Steve Ballmer bows out of Microsoft Corp, the guessing game over who will replace him has started with a British bookmaker putting Nokia's Stephen Elop as the favourite.
Mr Ballmer, 57, unexpectedly announced his retirement last Friday after more than three decades at the world's largest software company, including 13 years as chief executive.
With no heir apparent, Ladbrokes opened up betting on successors for Ballmer who will depart within the next year, with Mr Elop, 49, topping a list of 26 candidates with odds of 5/1.
British and Irish bookmakers offer a wide range of bets as a niche sideline to more lucrative wagers on sports. Online gambling is far more restrictive in the United States.