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Steven Paul Jobs|
February 24, 1955
San Francisco, California, United States
October 5, 2011 (aged 56)|
Palo Alto, California, United States
|Cause of death||Respiratory arrest caused by Pancreatic cancer|
|Alma mater||Reed College (one semester in 1972)|
Co-founder and former CEO of Apple Inc.|
Former CEO of Pixar
|Net worth||$8.3 billion (2011)|
|Political party||Democratic Party|
Laurene Powell Jobs|
(m. 1991–2011, his death)
|Relatives||Mona Simpson (sister)|
Steven Paul "Steve" Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was a co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc. He was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pixar Animation Studios until it was bought by The Walt Disney Company. He was the largest shareholder at Disney and a member of Disney's Board of Directors. He was seen as a leading figure in both the computer and entertainment industries. In August 2011, Jobs resigned, and was appointed Chairman of Apple. He served in that position until he died. Jobs died at the age of 56 on October 5, 2011. He had pancreatic cancer and died because the tumour had metastasised.
Steve Jobs' mother was Swiss-American; his father was Syrian. Jobs was adopted at birth. He was a Silicon Valley businessman most famous for his work with the company Apple Computer Inc. which later changed to Apple Inc.
Together with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Jobs helped make the idea of the personal computer popular in the late 1970s. In the early 1980s, still at Apple, Jobs was one of the first to see the commercial potential of using a mouse to use with the GUI. During this period, Apple had hired a number of other people to be president of the company.
In 1985 Apple's Board of Directors fired Jobs from his position with the company. He then started NeXT, a computer platform development company which dealt with higher education and business markets. Apple's 1997 buyout of NeXT brought Jobs back to the company he co-founded where he worked as the CEO of Apple. He was paid $1m per year plus stock options. While Jobs was away from Apple, he bought a computer animation studio from film director George Lucas called Pixar. Jobs later sold Pixar to Disney and gained a seat on the Disney board of directors.
Jobs presented the iPhone on January 9, 2007. On August 24, 2011, Jobs retired as CEO of Apple. He suggested Tim Cook as his successor. Following Jobs' request, Jobs continued as the chairman of the Apple Inc.'s Board of Directors.
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- YouTube video of first Jobs' Macworld keynote in 1997, when he returned to Apple, where he announced partnership with Microsoft.
- YouTube video of Jobs' commencement address at Stanford University, June 12, 2005.
- Steve Jobs at NNDB
- Steve Jobs on IMDb
- Rolling Stone, Steve Jobs: The Rolling Stone Interview—December 3, 2003
- BusinessWeek, The Seed of Apple's Innovation—October 12, 2004
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- ‘Good for the Soul’—Newsweek, October 15, 2006