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Great Moments in Executive Goofiness

  1. Google Chair Eric Schmidt Dances 'Gangnam Style'
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    Google Chair Eric Schmidt Dances 'Gangnam Style'

    While visiting Korea in September, Google (GOOG) Chairman Eric Schmidt learned to dance Gangnam Style with pop star Psy at the company’s Seoul office. In honor of this delightful blip in executive conduct, here's a roundup of other instances of normally strait-laced business leaders letting loose.

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  2. Southwest CEO Gary Kelly as the 'Hairspray' lady
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    Southwest CEO Gary Kelly as the 'Hairspray' lady

    For Halloween 2007, Southwest Airlines (LUV) chief executive officer Gary Kelly went as Edna Turnblad from the musical Hairspray. The most awkward thing about it, his assistant told the New York Times, was "fitting your boss with prosthetic breasts."

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  3. Quicken Loans CEO Sings AC/DC’s 'T.N.T.'
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    Quicken Loans CEO Sings AC/DC’s 'T.N.T.'

    Quicken Loans Chief Executive Officer Bill Emerson rocked out to AC/DC on stage at the company’s 2011 Gilbert Awards ceremony, which recognizes high-performing employees. Sample lyrics: "I'm dirty, mean, and mighty unclean; I'm a wanted man, public enemy No. 1." To Emerson's credit, the performance is pretty catchy.

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  4. Warren Buffett’s Cameo on 'The Office'
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    Warren Buffett’s Cameo on 'The Office'

    In his brief appearance on The Office in 2011, the Berkshire Hathaway (BRK/A) chief executive, playing an interviewee for office manager, asks: "Can you do any better on salary? What about mileage when I use my car?... And when I make long distance calls, will they be monitored? Or is it on the honor system?" Buffett also starred in a five-minute spoof of The Office for Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting. Despite this Office-heavy acting résumé, he's not a fan of the show, reported Fortune.

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  5. Steve Wozniak Competes on 'Dancing with the Stars'
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    Steve Wozniak Competes on 'Dancing with the Stars'

    The Apple (AAPL) co-founder and Silicon Valley icon competed on Dancing with the Stars in 2009. After suffering a hamstring injury and a foot fracture, he was voted off for his tango. Still, he vowed: “I will dance wherever I am.”

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  6. Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer Dance to 'A Night at the Roxbury'
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    Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer Dance to 'A Night at the Roxbury'

    For a Microsoft (MSFT) conference in 1998, the execs teamed up for a spoof of Saturday Night Live’s A Night at The Roxbury skit (playing the roles of Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan), complete with rhythmic head-bobbing and oversized, shiny suits.

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  7. Steve Ballmer’s 'Monkey Boy' Moment
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    Steve Ballmer’s 'Monkey Boy' Moment

    The Microsoft (MSFT) chief executive officer's enthusiastic outburst, during which he jumped onstage and screamed at the company's 25th anniversary event, later became known as his “monkey boy” dance. Notwithstanding the incident and its many parodies, Bloomberg Businessweek's profile of Ballmer this past January found no trace of "monkey boy."

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  8. Viacom CEO Dances in a Flash Mob
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    Viacom CEO Dances in a Flash Mob

    Viacom (VIAB) Chief Executive Officer Philippe Dauman recently danced with employees in a flash mob to LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem, reported the New York Times. Dauman is known to get down—he also boogied to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song while visiting the show’s recording studio. Turtle power!

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