Steven Paul Jobs is a visionary, an entrepreneur, an iconic technologist, a marketing genius, and a design guru who through savvy product packaging, user-friendly software, and successful decision-making helped father the personal computer, and founded Apple Computer, NeXT, and Pixar. He is a college dropout, a minimalist, and a driven pioneer, but he is not an engineer. He consistently revolutionizes the industries in which he plays.
One week after his birth he was put up for adoption in San Francisco. He was named Steven Paul Jobs and was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs. Many years later he was reunited with his biological sister Mona Simpson.
In his teenage years he idolized Bob Dylan and would practice guitar playing Dylan songs.
At age 16 with Steve Wozniak, who was almost five years older than Jobs, they built a blue box emulating a Captain Crunch whistle to make calls. During their first call because their vehicle broke down, they were at a pay phone when 2 cops appeared. Wozniak told the policeman that the device was an electronic music synthesizer. Jobs on the other hand told them that the red button was for calibration when it was for seizing the phone line. They ended up making and selling the blue boxes which made free international phone calls for $150 to $300.
At age 18 he spent his parents savings at Reed College in Oregon where he studied physics, literature, and poetry, but after six months he dropped out and began learning about Eastern mysticism. He dropped in on classes at Reed, slept on the floor of friend’s rooms, returned coke bottles to purchase food, and at once a week at a Hare Krishna temple.
At age 19 he began his first full time job designing computer games at Atari. While at Atari he convinced them to send him on a spiritual journey to India. He went with Dan Kottke and had a Buddhist monk shave his head, but in the end he came back unfulfilled.
On April 1, 1976 when Jobs was age 21 Apple Computer was born with Steve Wozniak. The company was founding with $1300 from the sales of Jobs Volkswagen bus and Wozniak HP calculator. Apple’s first sales were 50 units of the Apple I to the Byte shop for $500 each. The Apple I was designed by Wozniak and built in Job’s bedroom. The computers were assembled in Apples headquarters in Job’s parents garage at 2066 Crist Drive, Los Altos, CA 94024. Sales from the Apple I netted $774,000.
The logo of Apple Computer was inspired by Isaac Newton
's famous falling apple story.
In 1978 the Apple II started selling and became an incredible seller for both personal and business use for three years running.
On May 17, 1978 Jobs became the father of Lisa Brennan-Jobs. He never married his girlfriend Chris-Ann Brennan.
On December 12, 1980 at age 25 Apple went public and Jobs net worth increased 29 times to $217 Million. However as a millionaire he kept a humble lifestyle in a mansion by sleeping on a mattress on the floor, owning a hi-fi stereo, minimal furniture, and black and white images of people and prints form Ansel Adams.
In 1983 the Apple Lisa, named after Jobs daughter Lisa, was born featuring the first personal computer mouse. The mouse was initially created at Xerox Parc and Jobs negotiated with Xerox to use the technology and make it affordable in exchange fore Apple Stock.
At age 28, on January 24, 1984 the Macintosh was introduced on television in an advertisement on Super Bowl Sunday featuring a woman athlete who breaks through the masses of frozen works who throws a sledgehammer at the large screen where a chiseled face keeps the workers mesmerized.
He drinks almost only mineral water or carrot juice. Jobs is a vegetarian like Leonardo da Vinci
, Antonio Gaudi
, Benjamin Franklin
, and Bruce Lee
In 1985 he left Apple after a power struggle and many differences of opinion with the then CEO, John Sculley. Upon his departure he sold $20 million of his Apple stock, he traveled the world, and than began thinking about his next project, NeXT. NeXT was founded with several Apple employees and began as a software and hardware company, but the computer system turned out to be too expensive at $6,000 and software became the better seller.
In 1986 Pixar was born. Jobs stopped wearing suits and acquired, for $10 million, George Lucas’s computer division and renamed it. The computer division was selling expensive computers, and if not for work in Television commercials it may not have survived. Pixar went on to create short films and later movies. In 1991 in association with Disney Toy Story started being worked on which was later introduced in 1995. Jobs value in Pixar prior to the movie release was $420 million, and before the release of Toy Story, Pixar went public with Jobs worth increasing 3.6 times to $1.5 billion. Jobs became a billionaire at age 40 and only 13 years after making his first million.
On March 18, 1991 at the age of 36 he married Laurene Powell and six months later had his second child Reed Jobs. He had two more girls one in 1995, Erin Siena Jobs, and in 1998, Eva Jobs.
In 1996, 11 years after leaving Apple, Apple purchased NeXT and brought back Jobs as an informal advisor to the company. Six months later, Jobs became the Interim CEO of Apple, and by 1998 Apple returned to profitability with the introduction of the iMac.
On January 5, 2000 at the age of 44 Jobs became the CEO of Apple.
He is a friend of Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle.
In 2001 with Apple owning NeXT for 5 years, it introduced a new operating system incorporating NeXT software into the new operating system called Mac OS X.
On October 23, 2001 the Apple iPod was introduced.
In 2004 he underwent surgery for a rare form of pancreatic cancer. If the cancer had been of the common form or if it would have been identified too late Jobs would have died.
In 2005 he made the Time Magazine 100, a list 100 most influential people on the planet, alongside the likes of Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Michael Dell, Rupurt Murdoch
, Bono, The Dalai Lama, and Meg Whitman. Times person of the century went to Albert Einstein with the runners up being Franklin D. Roosevelt and Mohandas Gandhi.
On January 24, 2006 Disney
purchased Pixar for $7.4 Billion making Jobs investment of $10 million in Pixar worth $4 Billion. This resulting acquisition made Jobs the largest shareholder in Disney
In 2007 Steve Jobs had a net worth of $5.9 Billion, 25 patents, and 5 patent applications pending.