|Steve Jobs Quick Info
|6 ft 2 in
|Date of Birth
|February 24, 1955
Steve Jobs was an entrepreneur and business magnate from the United States. He is credited for co-founding the multinational technology company Apple Inc and founding the computer hardware and software company, NeXT which was later bought by Apple Inc. He died at 56 due to a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor.
Steven Paul Jobs
Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955.
Jobs passed away at the age of 56 on October 5, 2011, at his home in Palo Alto, California. He had been battling a relapse of the pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor, which led to respiratory arrest.
San Francisco, California, United States
Steve Jobs went to the Monta Loma Elementary School in Mountain View. In sixth grade, he joined Crittenden Middle School. He later got admission at Cupertino Junior High.
In 1968, he got enrolled at the Homestead High School in Los Altos. After graduating from high school, he got admission to Reed College. He eventually dropped out of college as he didn’t want to spend most of the parents’ money on his tuition fees.
He had also taken the freshman English class at Stanford University.
Entrepreneur and Business Magnate
- Father – Abdulfattah Jandali
- Mother – Joanne Schieble
- Siblings – Mona Simpson (Sister), Patricia Ann Jobs (Stepsister)
- Others – Paul Jobs (Adoptive Father) (Former Coast Guard, Repo Man, and rebuilt cars in his free time), Clara Hagopian (Adoptive Mother), Arthur Casper Anthony Schieble (Maternal Grandfather), Irene Thekla Ziegler (Maternal Grandmother)
6 ft 2 in or 188 cm
70 kg or 154 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Steve Jobs has dated
- Chrisann Brennan (1972-1977) – Steve Jobs first started dating Chrisann Brennan in 1972 while they were studying in high school. However, their relationship was volatile and very on and off in nature. In 1973, he rented a house near Reed Campus and invited her to live with him. They had been having affairs with others and it was Jobs attempt to make their relationship monogamous. However, she decided against living with him. After a brief hiatus, they got back together in 1975. They had accidentally bumped into each other while being involved with a Zen Buddhist community in Los Altos. They again separated as she went to India with her new boyfriend, Greg Calhoun, who was Jobs’ classmate at Reed College. Jobs himself drove them to the airport. Upon returning from her trip to India, they again started seeing each other. But as he achieved success with Apple, their relationship grew more complex. Their relationship was delivered a final blow when she told him that she was pregnant with his child. He even refused to discuss pregnancy with her. She had to clean houses for money and had to rely on welfare for her existence. She asked Jobs for money on a couple of occasions but he refused to help. He even started telling people that she was sleeping around and he was infertile, therefore, he couldn’t have got her pregnant. In May 1978, she gave birth to Lisa Brennan. He publicly continued to deny paternity. In fact, he even questioned the credibility of the paternity test, after which he had been ordered to pay Chrisann $500 per month. After he was forced out of Apple, he eventually repaired his relationship with her and reached a co-parenting equation with her.
- Diane Keaton – While he was living in the San Remo apartment building, he wanted to get together with actress Diane Keaton who was living in the same iconic building on Central Park West. However, when she went over to his huge apartment, he kept on talking about the computers and how they were going to take over the world. So, it didn’t lead to anything.
- Joan Baez – In his Steve Jobs’ biography, Walter Isaacson claimed that Jobs dated singer Joan Baez for a brief period of time. They were introduced in 1982 by her sister Mimi Farina. They started dating seriously a little while later. It was claimed that he was most fascinated by the fact that she had dated Bob Dylan in the past. Their relationship came to an end when he revealed that he wanted children. Baez wasn’t ready for it.
- Laurene Powell Jobs (1989-2011) – Steve Jobs first met Laurene Powell in 1989 while he was giving a lecture at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She was one of the students and he couldn’t take his eyes off her during his lecture. After the lecture, he met her in the parking lot and asked her out for a dinner. He proposed to her on New Year’s Day in 1990 with a bunch of freshly picked wildflowers. In May 1991, they got married in a Buddhist Ceremony. At the end of the ceremony, they went for a hike. In September 1991, the couple welcomed their first child, son Reed. They welcomed their second child, daughter Erin into their family in August 1995. In 1998, she gave birth to their third child, daughter Eve. They remained together until his death.
Race / Ethnicity
On his father’s side, he had Syrian ancestry, while on his mother’s side, he was of German and Swiss-German descent.
Dark Brown (Natural)
With age, his hair had started turning ‘Gray’.
- Partially Bald
- Wore black turtleneck sweater and blue jeans
- Wore round spectacles
Steve Jobs has narrated a Think Different TV commercial for Apple.
Jobs had complicated religious views. He had rejected ‘Christianity’ and for some time, he followed Zen Buddhism.
However, overall, his religious views leaned towards atheism.
Best Known For
- Having co-founded the iconic American technology giant, Apple Inc. He also served as the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) and chairman of the company.
- Being a majority stakeholder of Pixar and serving as the chairman of the company as well. After Walt Disney company acquired Pixar, he was made a member of the Walt Disney’s Board of Directors.
First TV Show
In 1981, Steve Jobs made his first TV show appearance on the family talk show, Hour Magazine.
Steve Jobs relied on his unique fruit-oriented vegan diet to keep himself healthy. His diet mostly comprised of nuts, fruits, seeds, grains, and vegetables. Steve absolutely abstained from animal products. Also, he occasionally opted to eat only one or two foods such as apples and carrots.
Steve Jobs Facts
- When he was growing up, his father Paul Jobs built a workbench for him in his garage so that he could pass his love of mechanics to his son.
- By the time he turned 10, he was spending a lot of time fixing and exploring electronics. He also befriended a lot of engineers living in his neighborhood.
- Till 4th grade, he had a difficult time getting used to traditional education. He frequently behaved badly in class and was regularly suspended for his troubles.
- At the age of 13, he was hired by Billy Hewlett, the co-founder of Hewlett-Packard, for a summer job. He had written to Hewlett to ask for some parts for his electronics project.
- Steve was introduced to Steve Wozniak, his fellow Apple co-founder, through Bill Fernandez, who was his classmate at the Cupertino Junior High. Fernandez lived across the street from Wozniak.
- He was hired as a technician by Atari, Inc. after he took a new version of classic video game Pong, which was designed by Steve Wozniak, to the company.
- In mid-1974, he undertook a trip to India to visit Neem Karoli Baba for spiritual enlightenment. However, when he reached Kainchi Ashram, he found it almost deserted as Neem Karoli Baba had passed away in 1973.
- He left India after having lived for 7 months and visited a couple of ashrams in Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh. Upon returning, he lived at a commune in Oregon and experimented with psychedelic drugs.
- Before he established Apple, he spent a lot of time in lengthy meditation retreats at the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, which is one of the oldest Zen monasteries in the US.
- He eventually returned to work with Atari and they offered him to pay US$100 for each TTL chip which was eliminated from the circuit board for the arcade video game Breakout. As he had little knowledge of circuit board design, he recruited Wozniak for the project and told him that he would evenly split reward money with him.
- Wozniak managed to eliminate 46 TTL chips but Jobs later told him that he was paid only $700 for the work and he would pay him $350. Wozniak would learn 10 years later that Jobs was paid $5,000.
- Later, he collaborated with Wozniak to build a low-cost digital blue box, which manipulated the telephone network to allow free long-distance calls. Their illegal endeavor proved to be profitable and gave them confidence that they could take on big companies and achieve success.
- In April 1976, he collaborated with Wozniak and Ronald Wayne to start Apple Computers. As Wayne left after a short while, Wozniak and Jobs were the primary co-founders of the company.
- In 1977, he and Wozniak introduced Apple II, which would become the first consumer product to be sold by Apple.
- At the age of 23, he became a millionaire. By the time he turned 24, he was worth 10 million dollars. His net worth further grew exponentially and at 25, he was worth over 100 million.
- In 1985, he was forced to resign from Apple after he lost out a political battle against John Sculley, over who would run the company. Ironically, Jobs had lured Sculley away from Pepsi-Cola and had appointed him as the CEO of Apple.
- In 1985, he started NeXT Inc. with $7 million from his personal funds. The company managed to finally make a profit in 1994. It was acquired by Apple Inc. in 1997 for $427 million.
- In 1986, he paid $5 million to Lucasfilm to acquire Graphics Group, which was a computer division of the company. Jobs launched its spin-out as a corporation called Pixar.
- In January 2006, he reached a deal with Disney to sell the company in an all-stock transaction worth $7.4 billion. As a result of the deal, he became the majority stakeholder of The Walt Disney Company as he then owned almost 7 percent of the company’s stock.
- In 1997, he rejoined Apple Inc. In September 1997, he was formally declared interim chief executive. In 2000, he removed the “interim” modifier from his title and became the permanent CEO of the company.
- In 1987, he started his public feud with Michael Dell, the CEO of Dell Computers, by making disparaging comments about Dell’s product. In 1997, Dell on being asked what he would have done if he was running Apple, responded by saying that he would shut it down and give the money back to shareholders.
- In 2006, Jobs responded with a dig at Dell in an email to his employees as his company’s market capitalization rose above Dell’s and he pointed out that Dell wasn’t good at predicting the future.
- In 1999, he was made a board member at the popular clothing brand, Gap Inc. He held that position till 2002.
- In 2004, he revealed that he had been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his pancreas. Initially, he resisted proper medical intervention and instead relied on alternative medicine for cure.
- In April 2009, he underwent a surgical procedure for a liver transplant at the Memphis-based Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute.
- In August 2011, he formally resigned from the post of CEO. He assumed the role of chairman of the board and announced Tim Cook as the new CEO of the company.
- During his lifetime, he was featured on the cover of TIME Magazine on a staggering 8 occasions.
- He rarely took a shower and shunned the use of deodorant as he felt that his vegan and fruit-oriented diet took care of body odor. However, some of the people who worked with him felt otherwise.
- In 2005, he was asked to deliver a commencement speech by Stanford University. In his speech, he recounted his struggling days during which he had to return Coke bottles for food and money and had to sleep on the floor of friends’ dorm rooms.
- In 2004, he was placed at the very top of the Premiere’s Power 100 list along with Pixar co-head John Lasseter. In 2006, he found himself in a similar position in the Power 50 list.
- In July 2022, Steve was posthumously honored with the “Presidential Medal of Freedom”.
- In 2023, Steve Jobs’ original handwritten Apple-1 computer ad was sold for $175,759 at an auction conducted by RR Auction, based in Boston.
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