Steven Paul Jobs (February 24th 1955 – October 5th 2011) was the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple Inc. He was also CEO of Pixar Animation Studios, NeXT Inc, and a member of board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company.
|Date of Birth||February 24, 1955|
|Parents||Paul Jobs (adoptive father) Clara Jobs (adoptive mother) Abdulfattah Jandali (biological father) Joanne Schieble Simpson (biological mother)|
|Siblings||Mona Simpson,Patricia Ann Jobs|
|Education||Reed Collegev Liberal arts college in Portland, Oregon|
|Childern||Lisa Brennan-Jobs, Erin Siena Jobs, Eve Jobs, Reed Jobs|
|Net worth||$10.2 Billion|
Jobs always believed in the product, with his vision and the courage he started designing products that transformed the technological front and influenced the world business drastically. He realized that the company, people and product are the crux of the company and this idea itself is going to hold the company strong. He never did it for money as well. He was worth a million dollars at the age of 23, over 10 million dollars at 24, and over 100 million at 25 years old. Since he know that money should be considered as just a by-product, this has enabled him to invest in ideas that didn’t have short term returns and instead he waited for the product to grow over the long run.
As creative he was, his vision and passion for perfection has driven and revolutionized technology segments like personal computers, animation movies, music, phones, tablet computing and digital publishing.
Jobs co-founded Apple in 1976 with Wozniak, and were successful with Apple II, which was first mass product. In 1979 a tour of Xerox PARC, led to the development of Apple Lisa and Macintosh in 1984 successively. He was forced out of Apple Inc, and founded NeXT Inc, a computer platform to develop Visual effects and computer graphics. In 1997 Apple purchased NeXT and Steve Jobs eventually became the CEO once again. Form then onwards, the legacy of Steve jobs has started, where he designed and developed revolutionary products like iMac, iTunes, Apple Store, iPod, iPhone, iPad and Mac OS, with the help of Jonathan Ive.
In 1986 Jobs founded the spinout of The Graphics Group (Later named PIXAR), assoiciated with Lucasfilm, produced movies like Toy Story, A Bugs Life, Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL-E, UP.
Family and Childhood:
Adopted at birth by Paul and Clara, Jobs had a difficult childhood and always seen as a loner by his classmates. He had difficulty in making friends of his age and difficulty functioning in a classroom. After finishing schooling at Homestead High, in 1972 Jobs enrolled at Reed College in Portalnd, Oregon. As his parents couldn’t afford the fee, he decided to drop out. Although Jobs learned that he was adopted he never tried to meet his biological family as he considered his biological mother and father as Sperm and Egg bank. Jobs later discovered that he met his biological father Jandali at a restaurant, as he was running that restaurant, and shook hands, but refused to mention or meet him again and never did his entire life.
He met his wife Laurene Powell in 1989 at a lecture in Stanford Graduate School of Business and fell in love instantly. He asked for a date the same day and were together since then. They gave birth to Reed in 1991, Erin in 1995 and Eve in 1998.
After becoming the CEO of Apple in 1997, he revolutionized the product line by terminating projects like Newton, Cyberdog, Opendoc, and terminated employees as well. Introduction of MAC OS X, iMac changed the way Apple Inc developed the product line. Apple iPhone was his biggest product and was released in 2007, and the Times magazine has declared it as the “Invention of the Year”. He was appreciated and criticized for his consummate skills, and he was known for his keynote speeches.
He was awarded National Medal of Technology in 1985, Jefferson Award of Public Service in 1987, Entrepreneur of Decade in 1989, Grammy Trustees Award in 2012 and in 2013 posthumously inducted as Disney Legend.
Steve was suffering with health issues and was diagnosed with cancer in 2003. In 2009 Jobs underwent a Liver transplant. On August 24, 2011, Jobs announced his resignation as Apple’s CEO, writing to the board, “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.”
Jobs died at his Palo Alto, California, home around 3 p.m. on October 5, 2011, because of complications from a relapse of his previously treated islet-cell neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer. The world was dismayed and celebrities world across announced statements regarding the sudden demise of Jobs.
The world has lost an exemplary CEO, great leader, visionary, but he will in our hearts incessantly.