When President-elect Obama is inaugurated in the next few weeks, he'll have current and former Microsoft executives and their wives to thank for the bash --- they've donated in excess of $300,000. Google execs have dug deep into their pockets as well, and have given $150,000.
The inauguration is taking money only from individuals, not corporations. So all donations are personal, not corporate. Still, the fact that execs from the two tech giants have together given more than $450,000 shows that they're hoping the new administration will look on their companies kindly.
The Seattle Tech Report first reported that Ballmer donated $50,000 --- the maximum --- and then published a fuller list with other Microsoft execs.
Here's the rundown on what Microsoft employees, former employees, and their wives have given:
- Bill Gates and his wife each donated $50,000.
- CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife each donated $50,000.
- Steven VanRoekel, senior director, Windows Server Solutions Group, donated $50,000.
- Brad Smith, Microsoft general counsel, donated $25,000.
- Craig Mundie, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer, donated $25,000.
- Eric Limbs, global program manager, donated $250.
Here's a list of the Google execs who have given money:
- CEO Eric Schmidt donated $25,000.
- Co-founder Larry Page donated $25,000.
- Richard Costolo, former CEO of FeedBurner and now a Google exec (I believe his title is group project manager) donated $25,000.
- David Drummond, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer, donated $25,000.
- Chad Hurley, Co-founder and CEO of YouTube (owned by Google) donated $25,000.
Notably, not a single Apple exec donated a penny. However, RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser gave $50,000. Non-tech notable names on the list include Lisa Henson, the daughter of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson, who gave $50,000; former Lakers great Magic Johnson, who gave $25,000; and financier George Soros, who gave $50,000 (four other Soroses gave $50,000 each as well).
Click here for the full list of donations.