Steve Jobs

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1955 – 2011

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Who was Steve Jobs?

Steven Paul Jobs is the co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc and former CEO of Pixar Animation Studios. In the late 1970s, Jobs, with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, created one of the first commercially successful personal computers. In the early 1980s, Jobs was among the first to see the commercial potential of the mouse-driven GUI (Graphical User Interface). After losing a power struggle with the board of directors in 1985, Jobs resigned from Apple and founded NeXT, a computer platform development company specializing in the higher education and business markets. NeXT's subsequent 1997 buyout by Apple Computer Inc. brought Jobs back to the company he co-founded, and he has served as its CEO since then. Steve Jobs was listed as Fortune Magazine's Most Powerful Businessman of 2007. In 1986, he acquired the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm Ltd which was spun off as Pixar Animation Studios. He remained CEO and majority shareholder until its acquisition by the Walt Disney Company in 2006. Jobs is currently the Walt Disney Company's largest individual shareholder and a member of its Board of Directors. He is considered a leading figure in both the computer and entertainment industries. Jobs's history in business has contributed greatly to the myths of the quirky, individualistic Silicon Valley entrepreneur, emphasizing the importance of design while understanding the crucial role aesthetics play in public appeal. His work driving forward the development of products that are both functional and elegant has earned him a devoted following.

Famous Quotes:

  • Oh, and one more thing....
  • I want to put a ding in the universe.
  • Design
  • Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like. People think it’s this veneer — that the designers are handed this box and told, ‘Make it look good!’ That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
  • Real artists ship.
  • When you’re young, you look at television and think, There’s a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that’s not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want. That’s a far more depressing thought. Conspiracy is optimistic! You can shoot the bastards!

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Feb 24, 1955
San Francisco
Also known as
  • Steven Paul Jobs
  • Steven Paul "Steve" Jobs
  • Atheism
  • Buddhism
  • Zen
  • Lutheranism
  • Syrian American
  • Arab American
  • German American
  • Caucasian race
  • United States of America
  • Reed College
    (1972 - 1974)
  • Homestead High School
    ( - 1972)
  • Cupertino Junior High School
  • Monta Loma Elementary School
  • Chief Executive Officer, Apple Inc.
    (2000 - 2011/08/24)
  • Interim Chief Executive Officer, Apple Inc.
    (1997 - 2000)
  • Chief Executive Officer, Pixar
    (1986 - 2006)
  • NeXT
    (1985 - 1996)
  • Chief Executive Officer, Apple Inc.
    (1976/04 - 1985/05)
  • Co-Founder, Apple Inc.
    (1976 - )
  • Atari
    (1974 - )
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • The Walt Disney Company
Lived in
  • Silicon Valley
Oct 5, 2011
Palo Alto
Resting place
Alta Mesa Memorial Park

on July 23, 2013


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