Steve Jobs was voted the CEO of the decade by Fortune magazine. And my, what a decade it’s been! He brought back Apple from the throes of doom to making it the most admired company in the world! In 1997, when Jobs returned to the then troubled Apple, Michael Dell, when asked what he would do to fix Apple, reportedly said “I’d shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders”.
It took Jobs less than 10 years, to beat Dell in market cap.
After returning to Apple in 1997, Jobs did the unthinkable – accepted a handout of $150 million from Apple’s arch nemesis Microsoft, to keep the company afloat. In May of 2010, Apple bypassed Microsoft as the most valuable technology company. And in 2011, Apple beat Microsoft in profits too! It has been an incredible transformation of Apple!
But Steven P. Jobs has had an interesting past!
Steve Jobs is half Arab
Steve Jobs was born to Abdulfattah Jandali, a Syrian, and a Political Science Professor and student Joanne Carole Schieble in San Francisco, California. He was later adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs and raised in Cupertino in California. photo
Apple Lisa was named after Jobs’ first daughter
The predecessor to the now famous Macintosh was the $10,000 Apple Lisa. It was named after Jobs’ daughter, Lisa Nicole Brennan-Jobs. photo
Jobs refused to pay Child Support!
After splitting up with Chris-Ann Brennan, Jobs claiming he was sterile, refused to pay child support for his first daughter Lisa. After failing a paternity test which confirmed Jobs was indeed the father, a court order forced Jobs to pay child support
Jobs’ biological sister is famous in her own right!
Jobs was fired by the guy whom he hired to run Apple!
At 30, Jobs was fired by John Sculley whom he had hired to run Apple. Jobs went on to found NeXT computers which never tasted success but its technology lives on in the current Macs after Apple bought NeXT and integrated NeXTStep into Mac OS. photo
Jobs regularly parks in handicapped spots in the Apple campus
It is Apple policy not to have dedicated parking spots for employees including for its CEO. So Jobs parks in the nearest available spot, which is usually the handicapped spot. He also drives an unmarked Mercedes Benz. Cheaper to pay the fine than to waste time getting a license plate! photo
Steve Jobs earns less than minimum wage!
Jobs’ annual salary is $1, just enough to keep company health benefits. photo
At Apple’s first Halloween party, Jobs dressed up as Jesus Christ.
Steve Jobs is a buddhist who had travelled to India prior to founding Apple for spiritual enlightenment and came back a Buddhist. photo
On his LSD experience: “one of the two or three most important things done in life.”
He also had this to say about Bill Gates: “He’d be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger”. photo
Steve Jobs is the single largest shareholder of Disney
When Disney bought Jobs’ other company Pixar, he also became the single largest individual shareholder of Disney. Apple isn’t his only gig you know! photo