146 Facts About Steve Jobs


Steven Paul Jobs was an American business magnate, inventor, and investor.


Steve Jobs was the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple; the chairman and majority shareholder of Pixar; a member of The Walt Disney Company's board of directors following its acquisition of Pixar; and the founder, chairman, and CEO of NeXT.


Steve Jobs was a pioneer of the personal computer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s, along with his early business partner and fellow Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.


Steve Jobs attended Reed College in 1972 before withdrawing that same year.


Steve Jobs saw the commercial potential of the Xerox Alto in 1979, which was mouse-driven and had a graphical user interface.


In 1985, Steve Jobs was forced out of Apple after a long power struggle with the company's board and its then-CEO, John Sculley.


That same year, Steve Jobs took a few Apple employees with him to found NeXT, a computer platform development company that specialized in computers for higher-education and business markets.


In 1997, Steve Jobs returned to Apple as CEO after the company's acquisition of NeXT.


Steve Jobs was largely responsible for reviving Apple, which was on the verge of bankruptcy.


Steve Jobs worked closely with English designer Jony Ive to develop a line of products that had larger cultural ramifications, beginning with the "Think different" advertising campaign and leading to the Apple Store, App Store, iMac, iPad, iPod, iPhone, iTunes, and iTunes Store.


In 2003, Steve Jobs was diagnosed with a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor.


Steve Jobs died of respiratory arrest related to the tumor in 2011, at the age of 56, with Tim Cook succeeding him as CEO of Apple.


Steven Paul Jobs was born in San Francisco, California, on February 24,1955, to Joanne Carole Schieble and Abdulfattah "John" Jandali.


Paul Steve Jobs was the son of a dairy farmer; after dropping out of high school, he worked as a mechanic, then joined the US Coast Guard.


The couple moved to Wisconsin, then Indiana, where Paul Steve Jobs worked as a machinist and later as a car salesman.


Paul Steve Jobs worked in several jobs that included a try as a machinist, several other jobs, and then "back to work as a machinist".


Steve Jobs had difficulty making friends with children his own age and was seen by his classmates as a "loner".


Steve Jobs had difficulty functioning in a traditional classroom, tended to resist authority figures, frequently misbehaved, and was suspended a few times.


Steve Jobs frequently played pranks on others at Monta Loma Elementary School in Mountain View.


Steve Jobs was often "bullied" at Crittenden Middle, and in the middle of 7th grade, he gave his parents an ultimatum: either they would take him out of Crittenden or he would drop out of school.


When he was 13, in 1968, Steve Jobs was given a summer job by Bill Hewlett after Steve Jobs cold-called him to ask for parts for an electronics project.


The location of the Los Altos home meant that Steve Jobs would be able to attend nearby Homestead High School, which had strong ties to Silicon Valley.


Steve Jobs began his first year there in late 1968 along with Bill Fernandez, who introduced Jobs to Steve Wozniak, and would become Apple's first employee.


Steve Jobs had grown his hair long and become involved in the growing counterculture, and the rebellious youth eventually clashed with McCollum and lost interest in the class.


Steve Jobs took a bunch of us snowshoeing in Yosemite.


In 1971, after Wozniak began attending University of California, Berkeley, Steve Jobs would visit him there a few times a week.


Steve Jobs was smart enough to be a nerd, but wasn't nerdy.


Steve Jobs was an individual, in a world where individuality was suspect.


Steve Jobs was inspired by an article titled "Secrets of the Little Blue Box" from the October 1971 issue of Esquire.


Steve Jobs decided then to sell them and split the profit with Wozniak.


Steve Jobs later reflected that had it not been for Wozniak's blue boxes, "there wouldn't have been an Apple".


Steve Jobs later recalled that on one occasion he consumed it in a wheat field outside Sunnyvale, and experienced "the most wonderful feeling of my life up to that point".


In September 1972, Steve Jobs enrolled at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.


Steve Jobs insisted on applying only to Reed, although it was an expensive school that Paul and Clara could ill afford.


Steve Jobs soon befriended Robert Friedland, who was Reed's student body president at that time.


Steve Jobs later asked her to come and live with him in a house he rented near the Reed campus, but she refused.


Steve Jobs later explained this was because he did not want to spend his parents' money on an education that seemed meaningless to him.


Steve Jobs continued to attend by auditing his classes, including a course on calligraphy that was taught by Robert Palladino.


In that same speech, Steve Jobs said: "If I had never dropped in on that single calligraphy course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts".


In February 1974, Steve Jobs returned to his parents' home in Los Altos and began looking for a job.


Steve Jobs was hired by Atari, Inc in Los Gatos, California, as a computer technician.


Back in 1973, Steve Wozniak designed his own version of the classic video game Pong and gave its electronics board to Jobs.


Steve Jobs traveled to India in mid-1974 to visit Neem Karoli Baba at his Kainchi ashram with his Reed friend Daniel Kottke, searching for spiritual enlightenment.


Steve Jobs had changed his appearance; his head was shaved, and he wore traditional Indian clothing.


Steve Jobs spent a period at the All One Farm, a commune in Oregon that was owned by Robert Friedland.


Steve Jobs was living in his parents' backyard toolshed, which he had converted into a bedroom.


Steve Jobs engaged in lengthy meditation retreats at the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the oldest Soto Zen monastery in the US.


Steve Jobs considered taking up monastic residence at Eihei-ji in Japan, and maintained a lifelong appreciation for Zen, Japanese cuisine, and artists such as Hasui Kawase.


Steve Jobs returned to Atari in early 1975, and that summer, Bushnell assigned him to create a circuit board for the arcade video game Breakout in as few chips as possible, knowing that Steve Jobs would recruit Wozniak for help.


Steve Jobs made a deal with Wozniak to split the fee evenly between them if Wozniak could minimize the number of chips.


Wozniak did not learn about the actual bonus until ten years later, but said that if Steve Jobs had told him about it and explained that he needed the money, Wozniak would have given it to him.


Steve Jobs and Wozniak attended meetings of the Homebrew Computer Club in 1975, which was a stepping stone to the development and marketing of the first Apple computer.


Steve Jobs had a circuit board with a chip on it, a DuMont TV set, a Panasonic cassette tape deck and a keyboard.


Steve Jobs didn't get his hands dirty in that sense.


Scott McNealy, one of the cofounders of Sun Microsystems, said that Steve Jobs broke a "glass age ceiling" in Silicon Valley because he'd created a very successful company at a young age.


Steve Jobs was not pleased when Markkula recruited Mike Scott from National Semiconductor in February 1977 to serve as the first president and CEO of Apple.


Brennan notes a shift in this time period, where the two main influences on Steve Jobs were Apple Inc and Kobun.


Primarily designed by Wozniak, Steve Jobs oversaw the development of its unusual case and Rod Holt developed the unique power supply.


In 1977, the success of Apple was now a part of their relationship, and Brennan, Daniel Kottke, and Steve Jobs moved into a house near the Apple office in Cupertino.


Brennan's relationship with Steve Jobs deteriorated as his position with Apple grew, and she began to consider ending the relationship.


Brennan's decision was overshadowed by the fact that she realized she was pregnant, and that Steve Jobs was the father.


Steve Jobs stated that Jobs told her "If you give up this baby for adoption, you will be sorry" and "I am never going to help you".


When Steve Jobs was 23 Brennan gave birth to her baby, Lisa Brennan, on May 17,1978.


Steve Jobs went there for the birth after he was contacted by Robert Friedland, their mutual friend and the farm owner.


Steve Jobs would discover later that during this time, Jobs was preparing to unveil a new kind of computer that he wanted to give a female name.


Steve Jobs stated that she never gave him permission to use the baby's name for a computer and he hid the plans from her.


Steve Jobs worked with his team to come up with the phrase, "Local Integrated Software Architecture" as an alternative explanation for the Apple Lisa.


Decades later Steve Jobs admitted to his biographer Walter Isaacson that "obviously, it was named for my daughter".


When Steve Jobs denied paternity, a DNA test established him as Lisa's father.


In 1982, Steve Jobs bought an apartment on the top two floors of The San Remo, a Manhattan building with a politically progressive reputation.


In 1984, Steve Jobs bought the Jackling House and estate, and resided there for a decade.


In 2004, Steve Jobs received permission from the town of Woodside to demolish the house to build a smaller, contemporary styled one.


Steve Jobs took over development of the Macintosh in 1981, from early Apple employee Jef Raskin, who had conceived the project.


Wozniak and Raskin had heavily influenced the early program, and Wozniak was on leave during this time due to an airplane crash earlier that year, making it easier for Steve Jobs to take over the project.


Steve Jobs wanted the company to focus on the closed architecture Macintosh as a business alternative to the IBM PC.


However, Steve Jobs was confronted after the plan was leaked, and he said that he would leave Apple.


Steve Wozniak said in a 2013 interview that while Jobs was at NeXT he was "really getting his head together".


Steve Jobs marketed NeXT products to the financial, scientific, and academic community, highlighting its innovative, experimental new technologies, such as the Mach kernel, the digital signal processor chip, and the built-in Ethernet port.


Steve Jobs touted it as the first "interpersonal" computer that would replace the personal computer.


Steve Jobs ran NeXT with an obsession for aesthetic perfection, as evidenced by the development of and attention to NeXTcube's magnesium case.


The first film produced by Pixar with its Disney partnership, Toy Story, with Steve Jobs credited as executive producer, brought financial success and critical acclaim to the studio when it was released.


Brave, Pixar's first film to be produced since Steve Jobs's death, honored him with a tribute for his contributions to the studio.


Steve Jobs speculated that they would have seriously considered merging Disney and Apple had Jobs lived.


In early June 2014, Pixar cofounder and Walt Disney Animation Studios President Ed Catmull revealed that Steve Jobs once advised him to "just explain it to them until they understand" in disagreements.


Steve Jobs became de facto chief after then-CEO Gil Amelio was ousted in July 1997.


In March 1998, to concentrate Apple's efforts on returning to profitability, Steve Jobs terminated several projects, such as Newton, Cyberdog, and OpenDoc.


At the 2000 Macworld Expo, Steve Jobs officially dropped the "interim" modifier from his title at Apple and became permanent CEO.


Steve Jobs quipped at the time that he would be using the title "iCEO".


Steve Jobs subsequently branched out, introducing and improving upon other digital appliances.


Steve Jobs had a public war of words with Dell Computer CEO Michael Dell, starting in 1987, when Steve Jobs first criticized Dell for making "un-innovative beige boxes".


Steve Jobs usually went to work wearing a black long-sleeved mock turtleneck made by Issey Miyake, Levi's 501 blue jeans, and New Balance 991 sneakers.


Steve Jobs was a board member at Gap Inc from 1999 to 2002.


In 2005, Steve Jobs responded to criticism of Apple's poor recycling programs for e-waste in the US by lashing out at environmental and other advocates at Apple's annual meeting in Cupertino in April.


The Computer TakeBack Campaign responded by flying a banner from a plane over the Stanford University graduation at which Steve Jobs was the commencement speaker.


Steve Jobs was perceived as a demanding perfectionist who always aspired to position his businesses and their products at the forefront of the information technology industry by foreseeing and setting innovation and style trends.


Steve Jobs summed up this self-concept at the end of his keynote speech at the Macworld Conference and Expo in January 2007, by quoting ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky:.


Steve Jobs proposed that any foreign student who got an engineering degree at a US university should automatically be offered a green card.


The prognosis for pancreatic cancer is usually very poor; Steve Jobs stated that he had a rare, much less aggressive type, known as islet cell neuroendocrine tumor.


Steve Jobs resisted his doctors' recommendations for medical intervention for nine months, in favor of alternative medicine.


Steve Jobs was influenced by a doctor who ran a clinic that advised juice fasts, bowel cleansings and other unproven approaches, before finally having surgery in July 2004.


Steve Jobs told Iger privately that he hoped to live to see his son Reed's high school graduation in 2010.


In early August 2006, Steve Jobs delivered the keynote for Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference.


Apple officials stated that Steve Jobs was victim to a "common bug" and was taking antibiotics, while others surmised his cachectic appearance was due to the Whipple procedure.


Steve Jobs responded at Apple's September 2008 Let's Rock keynote by paraphrasing Mark Twain: "Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated".


On January 14,2009, Steve Jobs wrote in an internal Apple memo that in the previous week he had "learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought".


Steve Jobs announced a six-month leave of absence until the end of June 2009, to allow him to better focus on his health.


On January 17,2011, a year and a half after Steve Jobs returned to work following the liver transplant, Apple announced that he had been granted a medical leave of absence.


Steve Jobs announced his leave in a letter to employees, stating his decision was made "so he could focus on his health".


Steve Jobs continued to work for Apple until the day before his death six weeks later.


Steve Jobs had lost consciousness the day before and died with his wife, children, and sisters at his side.


Each attendee was given a small brown box as a "farewell gift" from Steve Jobs, containing a copy of the Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda.


At his request, Steve Jobs was buried in an unmarked grave at Alta Mesa Memorial Park, the only nonsectarian cemetery in Palo Alto.


Steve Jobs learned from many references and sources, such as modernist architectural style of Joseph Eichler, and the industrial designs of Richard Sapper and Dieter Rams.


Steve Jobs is listed as either primary inventor or co-inventor in 346 United States patents or patent applications related to a range of technologies from actual computer and portable devices to user interfaces, speakers, keyboards, power adapters, staircases, clasps, sleeves, lanyards, and packages.


Steve Jobs despised the oxygen monitor on his finger, and suggested ways to revise the design for simplicity.


The Apple II is an 8-bit home computer, one of the world's first highly successful mass-produced microcomputer products, designed primarily by Wozniak while Steve Jobs oversaw the development of the Apple II's unusual case and Rod Holt developed the unique power supply.


In 1982, after Steve Jobs was forced out of the Lisa project, he took over the Macintosh project, adding inspiration from Lisa.


Once he joined the Macintosh team, Steve Jobs took over the project after Wozniak had experienced a traumatic airplane accident and temporarily left the company.


Steve Jobs launched the Macintosh on January 24,1984, as the first mass-market personal computer featuring an integral graphical user interface and mouse.


In 1989, Steve Jobs first met his future wife, Laurene Powell, when he gave a lecture at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she was a student.


Steve Jobs proposed on New Year's Day 1990 with "a fistful of freshly picked wildflowers".


Steve Jobs and Powell had two more children; Eve Steve Jobs, born in 1998, is a fashion model.


Chrisann Brennan notes that after Steve Jobs was forced out of Apple, "he apologized many times over for his behavior" towards her and Lisa.


Steve Jobs said Jobs "said that he never took responsibility when he should have, and that he was sorry".


Steve Jobs had found Mona after first finding his birth mother, Joanne Schieble Simpson, shortly after he left Apple.


Steve Jobs did not contact his birth family during his adoptive mother Clara's lifetime, however.


However, in 1986, when Steve Jobs was 31, Clara was diagnosed with lung cancer.


Steve Jobs began to spend a great deal of time with her and learned more details about her background and his adoption, information that motivated him to find his biological mother.


Steve Jobs found on his birth certificate the name of the San Francisco doctor to whom Schieble had turned when she was pregnant.


Steve Jobs only contacted Schieble after Clara died in early 1986 and after he received permission from his father, Paul.


Steve Jobs was twenty-three and she went through a lot to have me.


Steve Jobs said that she regretted giving him up and repeatedly apologized to him for it.


Simpson and Steve Jobs then went for a long walk to get to know each other.


When Simpson found that their father, Abdulfattah Jandali, was living in Sacramento, California, Steve Jobs had no interest in meeting him as he believed Jandali didn't treat his children well and allegedly because of finding a Seattle Times article about Jandali's abandonment of his students on a trip to Egypt in 1974.


At the request of Steve Jobs, Simpson did not tell Jandali that she had met his son.


Steve Jobs never showed an interest in his Syrian heritage or the Middle East.


Steve Jobs maintained privacy even over what few of these actions where publicly known.


Steve Jobs has been a key figure in public discussions about societal obligations of the wealthy and powerful.


Steve Jobs's name is absent from the Million Dollar List of all large global philanthropy.


Mark Vermilion, former charitable leader for Joan Baez, Apple, and Steve Jobs, attributed Steve Jobs's lifelong minimization of direct charity to his perfectionism and limited time.


Shortly after leaving Apple, he formed the charitable Steven P Jobs Foundation, led by Mark Vermilion, hired away from Apple's community leadership.


Steve Jobs wanted a focus on nutrition and vegetarianism but Vermilion wanted social entrepreneurship.


That year, Steve Jobs soon launched NeXT and closed the foundation with no results.


Steve Jobs has declined to sign The Giving Pledge, launched in 2010 by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates for fellow billionaires.


Steve Jobs donated $50 million to Stanford hospital and contributed to efforts to cure AIDS.


Bono reported "tens of millions of dollars" given by Apple while Steve Jobs was CEO, to AIDS and HIV relief programs in Africa, which inspired other companies to join.