LOS ANGELES, Aug 12- Steve Ballmer, the former head of Microsoft, has completed his $2 billion purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, ending a saga that began when former team owner Donald Sterling was heard making racist remarks to his girlfriend on a tape recording.
In a wide-ranging interview, Dick Parsons, former Time Warner chairman & CEO, shares his perspective on the banking industry and regulations; splitting the roles of chairman and CEO, and Tribune's separation.
*Lazard will meet 25 percent margin target by 2014- CEO. Oct 25- Lazard Ltd plans to cut $125 million in costs each year, mainly through staff reductions, the investment bank said on Thursday, as it works to meet an aggressive profit goal in a weak market for its financial advisory services.
In the hours after Tuesday's surprise announcement that Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit was stepping down, speculation was rife, and facts scant, about what lay ahead for the nation's third-largest bank. It trails JPMorgan Chase, with $2.3 trillion, and Bank of America, with $2.1 trillion.
Vikram Pandit, who steered Citigroup through the 2008 financial crisis and the choppy years that followed, abruptly left the bank on Tuesday, stepping down as CEO and as a director. The move shocked Wall Street, and Citigroup offered no explanation.
Time Warner, the world's largest media company, will "look hard" in the next 12 to 18 months at possibly selling off its AOL dial-up Internet access business after doing the same in Europe.
The cable industry is assembling in Las Vegas for a major convention, where competition, convergence and content are the buzz words.