Meet former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer - Clippers new owner

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Steve Ballmer officially became the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

The team said the sale closed after a California court confirmed the authority of Shelly Sterling, on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust, to sell the franchise to the former Microsoft CEO. Her estranged husband, Donald Sterling, had unsuccessfully fought the sale of the team he owned since 1981 in court.

The NBA Board of Governors had previously approved the $2 billion sale.
— Associated Press

488887197NV042_Celebrities_

Steve Ballmer (L) and NBA Commissioner Adam SIlver attend an NBA playoff game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on May 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)

485995393NV018_Celebrities_

Steve Ballmer attends an NBA playoff game between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on April 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)

485995393NV017_Celebrities_

Steve Ballmer attends an NBA playoff game between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on April 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)

FILE- In this Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, File photo, Steve Ballmer, CEO Microsoft, speaks about the "Next Generation Internet" during a presentation in Zurich, Switzerland. Ballmer can't afford to be wrong about Windows 8. If the dramatic overhaul of the Windows operating system flops, it will reinforce perceptions that Microsoft is falling behind other technology giants as the world moves on to smartphones, tablets and other sleek devices from Apple, Google and Amazon. (AP Photo/Keystone, Walter Bieri, File)

FILE- In this Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, File photo, Steve Ballmer, CEO Microsoft, speaks about the "Next Generation Internet" during a presentation in Zurich, Switzerland. Ballmer can't afford to be wrong about Windows 8. If the dramatic overhaul of the Windows operating system flops, it will reinforce perceptions that Microsoft is falling behind other technology giants as the world moves on to smartphones, tablets and other sleek devices from Apple, Google and Amazon. (AP Photo/Keystone, Walter Bieri, File)

FILE -In this Nov. 8, 2006, file photo, Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer, left, reacts as he talks to co-founder of Technologies NR Narayana Murthy, right, in New Delhi, India. Ballmer can't afford to be wrong about Windows 8. If the dramatic overhaul of the Windows operating system flops, it will reinforce perceptions that Microsoft is falling behind other technology giants as the world moves on to smartphones, tablets and other sleek devices from Apple, Google and Amazon. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan File)

FILE -In this Nov. 8, 2006, file photo, Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer, left, reacts as he talks to co-founder of Technologies NR Narayana Murthy, right, in New Delhi, India. Ballmer can't afford to be wrong about Windows 8. If the dramatic overhaul of the Windows operating system flops, it will reinforce perceptions that Microsoft is falling behind other technology giants as the world moves on to smartphones, tablets and other sleek devices from Apple, Google and Amazon. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan File)

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Opens 2012 Consumer Electronics Show

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 09: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer hugs host Ryan Seacrest before his keynote address at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center January 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 13 and is expected to feature 2,700 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 140,000 attendees. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Internet And Technology Leaders Address Web 2.0 Summit 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 18: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer emerges from backstage before speaking during the 2011 Web 2.0 Summit on October 18, 2011 in San Francisco, California. The 2011 Web 2.0 Summit features keynote addresses by Internet and Technology leaders and runs through Wednesday. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Microsoft Launches New Phone 8 in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 29: (L to r) Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joe Delfiore, CEO Steve Ballmer and actress Jessica Alba hold a smartphone featuring Windows Phone 8 during a product launch at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on October 29, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The Windows Phone 8 marks the Seattle-based company's latest update from its two-year-old Windows Phone 7 platform as the company looks to regain its traction in the increasingly dense smartphone segment dominated by rivals Apple and Google. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Opens 2012 Consumer Electronics Show

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 09: Host Ryan Seacrest (L) holds the new Nokia Lumia 900 windows phone during a Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's keynote address at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center January 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 13 and is expected to feature 2,700 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 140,000 attendees. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

187122291AB00029_MICROSOFT_

Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer (R) hugs Joschka Friedag, co-founder of startup Cringle, beneficiary of the Microsoft Ventures program, as they attend the opening of the Microsoft Center Berlin on November 7, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Microsoft reboots with sweeping reorganization

In this Wednesday Oct. 7, 2009, photo, Steve Ballmer, CEO of US computer software company Microsoft, follows a news conference in Munich, southern Germany. Microsoft Corp. announced Thursday, July 11, 2013 it is reshuffling its business in an attempt to promote faster innovation and a sharper focus on devices and services. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Microsoft Debuts Upgrade To Windows 8 Operating System

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 26: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks during the keynote address during the Microsoft Build Conference on June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Microsoft debuted an upgrade to their Windows 8 operating system during the Microsoft Build Conference that runs through June 28. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Prime Minister David Cameron Meets Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: British Prime Minister David Cameron (C) poses with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (3rdL) and young members of Microsoft's Get On programme at 10 Downing Street on November 7, 2012 in London, England. Microsoft is aiming to give 300,000 young unemployed people help with the skills and inspiration needed to gain their first job. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gives his presentation at the launch of Microsoft Windows 8, in New York, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Windows 8 is the most dramatic overhaul of the personal computer market's dominant operating system in 17 years. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gives his presentation at the launch of Microsoft Windows 8, in New York, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Windows 8 is the most dramatic overhaul of the personal computer market's dominant operating system in 17 years. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 22, 2012, file photo, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer delivers a speech during a Seoul Digital Forum in Seoul, South Korea. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer can't afford to be wrong about Windows 8. If the dramatic overhaul of the Windows operating system flops, it will reinforce perceptions that Microsoft is falling behind other technology giants as the world moves on to smartphones, tablets and other sleek devices from Apple, Google and Amazon. If Ballmer is right, Windows 8 will show that the world's largest software maker still has the technological chops and marketing muscle to shape the future of computing. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 22, 2012, file photo, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer delivers a speech during a Seoul Digital Forum in Seoul, South Korea. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer can't afford to be wrong about Windows 8. If the dramatic overhaul of the Windows operating system flops, it will reinforce perceptions that Microsoft is falling behind other technology giants as the world moves on to smartphones, tablets and other sleek devices from Apple, Google and Amazon. If Ballmer is right, Windows 8 will show that the world's largest software maker still has the technological chops and marketing muscle to shape the future of computing. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Microsoft Unveils Windows 8

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks at a press conference unveiling the Windows 8 operating system on October 25, 2012 in New York City. Windows 8 will offer a touch interface in an effort to bridge the gap between tablets, smartphones and personal computers. Microsoft will also be selling a tablet called Surface to compete in the competitive tablet market. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

In this photo released by Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer, reveals Surface, a new family of PCs, for Windows, Monday, June 18, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Rene Macura/AP Images for Mircrosoft)