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also known as Steven Paul Jobs

businessman , entrepreneur , inventor , industrial designer

Steve Jobs, in full Steven Paul Jobs, was an American entrepreneur and business magnate. He was a cofounder of Apple Computer, Inc. (now Apple Inc.), and a charismatic pioneer of the personal computer era.

Background

Ethnicity: Biologically, he was ethnically Arab from his father, who belongs to a prominent family of Syrian Arab origin.

Steven Jobs was born on February 24, 1955. He was adopted shortly thereafter by a California couple, Paul and Clara Jobs.

Steve Jobs's biological parents were Abdulfattah Jandali and Joanne Schieble. His parents were unmarried students. Joanne studied in the magistracy of the University of Wisconsin, and Jandali also worked as an assistant teacher. As Joan's relatives objected to their relationship, and her father, who was at death, threatened to deprive her of his inheritance, she had to leave to a private doctor in San Francisco and then she gave the child for adoption.

Stephen's adoptive parents could not have their own children. They named the adoptive son Stephen Paul. Joan wanted Stephen's adoptive parents to have a higher education, and when she found out that Clara did not graduate from college and Paul studied only in high school, she signed adoption papers only after they had made a written commitment to pay for Stephen's college education.

When Jobs was two, he was joined by an adopted sister, Patricia. Seeking more space for their growing family, the Jobs family moved to Mountain View, California in 1961. In a bigger house, Paul Jobs returned to his hobby of rebuilding cars, constructing a workbench for his son. Young Steve jobs would help his father rebuild cars as well as with a wide range of household building and repair projects. These projects would serve as a background for Jobs’ early interest in electronics, one he shared with the many engineers who lived in his new neighborhood.

Jobs always thought of Paul and Clara as a father and mother, he was very annoyed if someone called them adoptive parents: "They are my real parents by 100%". According to the rules of formal adoption, biological parents didn't have any information about their son's location, and Steve met with his own mother and younger sister only 31 years later.

Education

Having learned to read as a toddler, school was tedious, and he often ran into disciplinary and academic problems. Although he was in the advanced programs in Mountain View, his parents drained their savings when Jobs was 12 to move to Los Altos, California, so he could go to school in the far superior Cupertino school district.

His education in Cupertino accelerated in more ways than one, as his new home was situated in a neighborhood even more saturated with engineers. At a young age, Jobs’ interest in electronics turned a few heads. When he was 13, Bill Hewlett of Hewlett Packard offered Jobs a summer job assembling frequency counters.

The next fall, Jobs began studying at Homestead High School, where he would meet Steve Wozniak, the school’s resident electronics whiz. It was also while at Homestead that Jobs developed his lifelong identification with the counterculture that was redefining America during the late 1960s. He grew his hair long and became interested in music, literature and religion, especially Eastern religions.

Jobs was 16 when Wozniak, who was older, began classes at the University of California, Berkeley, where Jobs would often go visit his friend. At the same time, he was taking English classes at Stanford and working on an underground film project.

Dropped Out of College After graduating from high school in 1972, Jobs attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, for two years before dropping out, partly to ease his family's financial burden and partly to find himself.

In 1972, Steve Wozniak built a circuit board with his own version of the video game Pong, which he gave to Jobs. With the board as his resume, Jobs convinced Atari, Inc. to give him a job as a technician, after which he left off his studies at Reed College in Oregon. He was an official college dropout, but continued his education by informally auditing classes.

Career

Jobs took a job at Atari Corporation as a video game designer in early 1974, and saved enough money for a pilgrimage to India to experience Buddhism.

Back in Silicon Valley in the autumn of 1974, Jobs reconnected with Stephen Wozniak, a former high school friend who was working for the Hewlett-Packard Company. When Wozniak told Jobs of his progress in designing his own computer logic board, Jobs suggested that they go into business together, which they did after Hewlett-Packard formally turned down Wozniak’s design in 1976. The Apple I, as they called the logic board, was built in the Jobses’ family garage with money they obtained by selling Jobs’s Volkswagen minibus and Wozniak’s programmable calculator.

Jobs was one of the first entrepreneurs to understand that the personal computer would appeal to a broad audience, at least if it did not appear to belong in a junior high school science fair. With Jobs’s encouragement, Wozniak designed an improved model, the Apple II, complete with a keyboard, and they arranged to have a sleek, molded plastic case manufactured to enclose the unit.

Though Jobs had long, unkempt hair and eschewed business garb, he managed to obtain financing, distribution, and publicity for the company, Apple Computer, incorporated in 1977—the same year that the Apple II was completed. The machine was an immediate success, becoming synonymous with the boom in personal computers. In 1981 the company had a record-setting public stock offering, and in 1983 it made the quickest entrance (to that time) into the Fortune 500 list of America’s top companies. In 1983 the company recruited PepsiCo, Inc., president John Sculley to be its chief executive officer (CEO) and, implicitly, Jobs’s mentor in the fine points of running a large corporation. Jobs had convinced Sculley to accept the position by challenging him: “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life?” The line was shrewdly effective, but it also revealed Jobs’s own near-messianic belief in the computer revolution.

During that same period, Jobs was heading the most important project in the company’s history. In 1979 he led a small group of Apple engineers to a technology demonstration at the Xerox Corporation’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) to see how the graphical user interface could make computers easier to use and more efficient. Soon afterward, Jobs left the engineering team that was designing Lisa, a business computer, to head a smaller group building a lower-cost computer. Both computers were redesigned to exploit and refine the PARC ideas, but Jobs was explicit in favouring the Macintosh, or Mac, as the new computer became known. Jobs coddled his engineers and referred to them as artists, but his style was uncompromising; at one point he demanded a redesign of an internal circuit board simply because he considered it unattractive. He would later be renowned for his insistence that the Macintosh be not merely great but “insanely great.” In January 1984 Jobs himself introduced the Macintosh in a brilliantly choreographed demonstration that was the centrepiece of an extraordinary publicity campaign. It would later be pointed to as the archetype of “event marketing.”

However, the first Macs were underpowered and expensive, and they had few software applications—all of which resulted in disappointing sales. Apple steadily improved the machine, so that it eventually became the company’s lifeblood as well as the model for all subsequent computer interfaces. But Jobs’s apparent failure to correct the problem quickly led to tensions in the company, and in 1985 Sculley convinced Apple’s board of directors to remove the company’s famous cofounder.

Jobs quickly started another firm, NeXT Inc., designing powerful workstation computers for the education market. His funding partners included Texan entrepreneur Ross Perot and Canon Inc., a Japanese electronics company. Although the NeXT computer was notable for its engineering design, it was eclipsed by less costly computers from competitors such as Sun Microsystems, Inc. In the early 1990s Jobs focused the company on its innovative software system, NEXTSTEP.

Meanwhile, in 1986 Jobs acquired a controlling interest in Pixar, a computer graphics firm that had been founded as a division of Lucasfilm Ltd., the production company of Hollywood movie director George Lucas. Over the following decade Jobs built Pixar into a major animation studio that, among other achievements, produced the first full-length feature film to be completely computer-animated, Toy Story, in 1995. Pixar’s public stock offering that year made Jobs, for the first time, a billionaire. He eventually sold the studio to the Disney Company in 2006.

In late 1996 Apple, saddled by huge financial losses and on the verge of collapse, hired a new chief executive, semiconductor executive Gilbert Amelio. When Amelio learned that the company, following intense and prolonged research efforts, had failed to develop an acceptable replacement for the Macintosh’s aging operating system (OS), he chose NEXTSTEP, buying Jobs’s company for more than $400 million—and bringing Jobs back to Apple as a consultant. However, Apple’s board of directors soon became disenchanted with Amelio’s inability to turn the company’s finances around and in June 1997 requested Apple’s prodigal cofounder to lead the company once again. Jobs quickly forged an alliance with Apple’s erstwhile foe, the Microsoft Corporation, scrapped Amelio’s Mac-clone agreements, and simplified the company’s product line. He also engineered an award-winning advertising campaign that urged potential customers to “think different” and buy Macintoshes. Just as important is what he did not do: he resisted the temptation to make machines that ran Microsoft’s Windows OS; nor did he, as some urged, spin off Apple as a software-only company. Jobs believed that Apple, as the only major personal computer maker with its own operating system, was in a unique position to innovate.

Innovate he did. In 1998, Jobs introduced the iMac, an egg-shaped, one-piece computer that offered high-speed processing at a relatively modest price and initiated a trend of high-fashion computers. (Subsequent models sported five different bright colours.) By the end of the year, the iMac was the nation’s highest-selling personal computer, and Jobs was able to announce consistent profits for the once-moribund company. The following year, he triumphed once more with the stylish iBook, a laptop computer built with students in mind, and the G4, a desktop computer sufficiently powerful that (so Apple boasted) it could not be exported under certain circumstances because it qualified as a supercomputer. Though Apple did not regain the industry dominance it once had, Steve Jobs had saved his company, and in the process reestablished himself as a master high-technology marketer and visionary.

In 2001 Jobs started reinventing Apple for the 21st century. That was the year that Apple introduced iTunes, a computer program for playing music and for converting music to the compact MP3 digital format commonly used in computers and other digital devices. Later the same year, Apple began selling the iPod, a portable MP3 player, which quickly became the market leader. In 2003 Apple began selling downloadable copies of major record company songs in MP3 format over the Internet. By 2006 more than one billion songs and videos had been sold through Apple’s online iTunes Store. In recognition of the growing shift in the company’s business, Jobs officially changed the name of the company to Apple Inc. on January 9, 2007.

In 2007 Jobs took the company into the telecommunications business with the introduction of the touch-screen iPhone, a mobile telephone with capabilities for playing MP3s and videos and for accessing the Internet. Later that year, Apple introduced the iPod Touch, a portable MP3 and gaming device that included built-in Wi-Fi and an iPhone-like touch screen. Bolstered by the use of the iTunes Store to sell Apple and third-party software, the iPhone and iPod Touch soon boasted more games than any other portable gaming system. Jobs announced in 2008 that future releases of the iPhone and iPod Touch would offer improved game functionality. In an ironic development, Apple, which had not supported game developers in its early years out of fear of its computers not being taken seriously as business machines, was now staking a claim to a greater role in the gaming business to go along with its move into telecommunications.

In October 2003, Jobs was diagnosed with cancer. In mid-2004, he announced to his employees that he had a cancerous tumor in his pancreas.

On August 24, 2011, Jobs announced his resignation as Apple's CEO, writing to the board, "I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come." Jobs became chairman of the board and named Tim Cook as his successor as CEO. Jobs continued to work for Apple until the day before his death six weeks later.

Jobs died at his Palo Alto, California, home around 3 p.m. (PDT) on October 5, 2011, due to complications from a relapse of his previously treated islet-cell pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor, which resulted in respiratory arrest. A small private funeral was held on October 7, 2011.

Achievements

  • Achievement Statue of Jobs at Graphisoft Park, Budapest of Steve Jobs

    Popularly known as the ‘Father of the Digital World’, Steve Jobs was and still continues to remain the legendary, futurist visionary who created a sensation across the globe with his personal computer revolution. He moved on to make history in the world of consumer electronics with his foray into the music and cellular industry. The founder of Apple Inc, Pixar Animation Studios and NeXT Inc, Jobs gave information technology its life and blood. A master of innovation, he was known for his perfectionist attitude and futuristic vision. He foresaw trend in the field of information technology and worked hard to embrace the same in his line of products. With about 346 US patents by his side, Steve Jobs created a revolution in his field with his novel ideas and unique concepts. During his years at the Apple, he administered the development of the iMac, iTunes, iPod, iPhone, and iPad. He was the mastermind behind the working of the company's Apple Retail Stores, iTunes Store and the App Store.

    In 1985 he was awarded the National Medal of Technology (with Steve Wozniak), by US President Ronald Reagan. In 1987 he recieved Jefferson Award for Public Service. In 1991 Job received the Howard Vollum Award from Reed College.

    In 2007 he was named the most powerful person in business by Fortune magazine. In 2007 Steve was inducted into the California Hall of Fame, located at The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts. In 2017 the Steve Jobs Theatre opened at Apple Park.

Works

  • design

    • Apple I

      1976
    • Apple II

      1977
    • Disk II

      1978
    • Apple II Plus

      1979
    • Apple SilenType

      1979
    • Apple III

      1980
    • Apple ProFile

      1981
    • Apple Lisa

      1983
    • Macintosh 128K

      1984
    • Apple IIc

      1984
    • Macintosh XL

      1985
    • NeXT Computer

      1988
    • NeXTcube

      1990
    • NeXTstation

      1990
    • NeXT Laser Printer

      1988
    • iMac G3

      1988
    • Power Macintosh G3

      1999
    • PowerBook G3

      1999
    • iBook

      1999
    • Power Mac G4 Graphite

      1999
    • Power Mac G4 Cube

      2000
    • PowerBook G4

      2001
    • iPod (1st gen)

      2001
    • iMac G4 15"

      2002
    • eMac

      2002
    • iPod (2nd gen)

      2002
    • iPod (3nd gen)

      2003
    • Power Mac G5

      2003
    • Xserve G5

      2004
    • iPod Mini (1st gen)

      2004
    • iPod (4th gen)

      2004
    • Mac Mini

      2005
    • iPod Shuffle (1st gen)

      2005
    • iPod Nano (1st gen)

      2005
    • iPod (5th gen)

      2005
    • iMac

      2006
    • MacBook Pro (15")

      2006
    • Mac Mini Core Solo

      2006
    • MacBook Pro (17")

      2006
    • MacBook

      2006
    • Mac Pro

      2006
    • Apple TV (1st gen)

      2007
    • iPhone (1st generation) (4 GB)

      2007
    • iPod Nano (3rd gen)

      2007
    • iPod Classic (6th gen)

      2007
    • iPod Touch (1st gen) (8 & 16 GB)

      2007
    • MacBook Air

      2008
    • MacBook Air External SuperDrive

      2008
    • iPhone 3G

      2008
    • iPod Nano (4th gen)

      2008
    • iPod Nano (4th gen)

      2008
    • LED Cinema Display

      2008
    • Magic Mouse

      2009
    • iPad (Wi-Fi)

      2010
    • iPhone 4

      2010
    • Magic Trackpad

      2010
    • iPad 2

      2011
    • iMac

      2011
    • iPhone 4S

      2011
  • Movie

Religion

Regarding Christianity, Jobs once told an interviewer that at age 13, he asked a preacher if God knew about starving children and the preacher replied that yes, God knew everything. Jobs never again considered Christianity.

He once said: "Sometimes I believe in God, sometimes I don’t. I think it’s 50-50 maybe. But ever since I’ve had cancer, I’ve been thinking about it more. And I find myself believing a bit more. I kind of – maybe it’s cause I want to believe in an afterlife. That when you die, it doesn’t just all disappear. The wisdom you’ve accumulated. Somehow it lives on."

He took a trip to India which changed his life dramatically. He returned with a shaved head and began to practice Buddhism. While he visited the oldest monastery in America, nearly taking up residence, he didn't stay that close to the religion. Still, zen influenced all parts of his life including his design work. He practiced meditation, studied eastern culture and religion, and even shaved his head.

Politics

Jobs was a Democrat and supported Barack Obama, even though, as the owner of a multinational corporation, he took many views of business-friendly Republicans.

Jobs was, above all else, a businessman–but with a Southern California liberal twist. His upbringing turned him into a social liberal who expressed concern over environmental issues, race issues, and generally had a progressive view towards society.

His corporate side, however, was aligned more with Republican values. He once told Obama that regulations on businesses made it impossible to have factories in America and that education in America was just plain screwed.

Still, Apple actually managed to stay mostly un-political, at least compared to Microsoft and other tech companies. Jobs just wanted to focus on making a good product and, as a result, Apple never even started a political lobbying organization.

Views

He believed that Everything Happens for a Reason. Everything that you study or learn in life would contribute in one way or the way in your success in future. All you need to have is confidence in what you are doing. In Steve Jobs’ words, it’s all about connecting the dots and you can connect the dots only by looking backward and see what all reasons and causes have together contributed to your success. If Steve Jobs had not left college, he wouldn’t have entered the calligraphy class and so, personal computers might not have the beautiful typography they do. If he had not left college, he would have developed Apple products. A belief that the dots would connect in future gives one confidence in what one wishes to do.

Jobs harbored an intense dislike for PCs, and is quoted as saying to one friend, "I'd rather sell dog shit than PCs."

Jobs was no philanthropist. In fact, in Apple's early days, he cut the company's philanthropic programs, saying they would return when the company was more profitable. Despite Apple's enormous success, the charitable programs were never reinstated.

Quotations: "I want to put a ding in the universe."

"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."

"We hire people who want to make the best things in the world."

"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower."

"Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith."

"Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful, that's what matters to me."

"Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected."

"Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations."

"You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new."

"It's really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them."

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”

“Creativity is just connecting things.”

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”

“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

“You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.”

“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

“When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it… Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”

Personality

Steve wasn't an ordinary person, he had a rare combination of very special traits that helped him move forward in spite of the setbacks he faced. He was very far sighted. Steve jobs saw the future beforehand. He wasn't talking about imaginary products that he wanted to create but he was just describing what already existed in his mind. He saw his products changing the world inside his mind first then he decided to bring them to reality.

He was extremely perseverance:he had that kind of perseverance that could only be attained if a person believed in himself to a degree that he would know that his success is going to be a fact of life. In some of his interviews Steve jobs revealed the secret behind his perseverance. He said that passion fuels a person's journey and that if there was no passion then an ordinary person will certainly quit.

He was extremely confidence and sometimes arrogance. Steve jobs believed in his products, mind and creations more than any man. Whenever something went wrong he never blamed his products but he always believed something can be done to turn things around. He had a rebellious nature. Steve jobs wasn't just an ordinary Rebel but he was a one who had no respect for the status quo and who refused to live by the rules of others. This was clear in his habit of walking barefoot in public places. Jobs was moved to the night shift when working at Atari due to complaints about his hygiene. He rarely showered and would walk around barefoot in the Atari offices.

Steve was insanely ambitious - he was clear about his mission since his early days. He mentioned more than once that he wanted to change the world, influence it and leave a great mark behind.

A well-known egomaniac, Jobs was infamous for being difficult and demanding. In 1993, he held a spot on Fortune's list of America's Toughest Bosses.

Jobs was a vegan, which was not known to many people. He started his veganism through college at the age of 19 when he started exploring unusual diets. This is true until this day, but he has a soft spot for some fish. It is rumoured that one of Jobs’ favourite meals is plain raw carrot without any dressing or accompaniment. A strong believer in Eastern medicine, he sought to treat his own cancer through alternative approaches and specialized diets before reluctantly seeking his first surgery for a cancerous tumor in 2004.

Jobs has called experimenting with LSD as "one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life."

He never put license plates on his silver Mercedes (despite driving it constantly). How did he do it? California has a rule that a car owner has six months to put plates on a new car. Jobs just changed cars (to the identical model) every six months, allowing him to drive without plates. Jobs often parked in spots reserved for the handicapped.

Physical Characteristics: His height was 6 foot and weight 160 pounds.

In 2003 Jobs was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. He put off surgery for about nine months while he tried alternative medicine approaches. In 2004 he underwent a major reconstructive surgery known as the Whipple operation. During the procedure, part of the pancreas, a portion of the bile duct, the gallbladder, and the duodenum were removed, after which what was left of the pancreas, the bile duct, and the intestine were reconnected to direct the gastrointestinal secretions back into the stomach. Following a short recovery, Jobs returned to running Apple.

Throughout 2008 Jobs lost significant weight, which produced considerable speculation that his cancer was back. (The average survival rate for patients who underwent Whipple operations was only 20 percent at five years.)

On January 9, 2009, Jobs released a statement that he was suffering from a hormonal imbalance for which he was being treated and that he would continue his corporate duties. Less than a week later, however, he announced that he was taking an immediate leave of absence through the end of June in order to recover his health. Having removed himself, at least temporarily, from the corporate structure, Jobs resumed his previous stance that his health was a private matter and refused to disclose any more details. In June 2009 the Wall Street Journal reported that Jobs had received a liver transplant the previous April. Not disclosed was whether the pancreatic cancer he had been treated for previously had spread to his liver. The operation was performed in Tennessee, where the average waiting period for a liver transplant was 48 days, as opposed to the national average of 306 days.

Quotes from others about the person

  • “"Very often, when told of a new idea, he will immediately attack it and say that it is worthless or even stupid, and tell you that it was a waste of time to work on it. This alone is bad management, but if the idea is a good one he will soon be telling people about it as if it was his own." - Jef Raskin

    "Steve insists that we're shipping in early 1982, and won't accept answers to the contrary. The best way to describe the situation is a term from Star Trek. Steve has a reality distortion field.… In his presence, reality is malleable. He can convince anyone of practically anything. It wears off when he's not around, but it makes it hard to have realistic schedules." - Macintosh project manager Bud Tribble.

    "I never really get to see, except second hand, how abrupt he is with people. I couldn't be that way with people. But maybe that's what you need to run a business, to find things that are worthless and get rid of them." - Steve Wozniak

    "One lesson many people took from the Steve Jobs story is that great entrepreneurs can anticipate what their customers want even before they ask for it." - Steve Blank

    Aaron Sorkin: "My point is that Steve could make these products and make them likable, slip them under the door, and people would slip back a tray of food. It worked. He was right. That cult of Apple, this love for Steve — when he died, I was overwhelmed by the eulogizing, which I hadn’t seen since John Lennon. I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t really understand it, even though I was asked to eulogize him for Time magazine and accepted. But I thought, There’s something I’m not getting here, but plainly I should — I’ve missed something."

    "When I wasn't sure what the word "charisma" meant, I met Steve Jobs, and then I knew." - Larry Tesler

    "He wanted you to be great, and he wanted you to create something that was great, and he was going to make you do that." - Larry Tesler”

Interests

  • Politicians

    Barack Obama

  • Writers

    While Steve Jobs famously once said that people don’t read anymore, he’s wasn’t one of them. The innovator, salesman and tech and marketing visionary was also a prolific reader with a penchant for poetry, LSD, Bauhaus and Zen Buddhism. Jobs was a veracious reader and a curious learner all throughout his life. Success came as a result of his abundant knowledge and awareness about his work and life in general. The following books had a great impact on him: "King Lear" by William Shakespeare, "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville, "The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas" by Dylan Thomas, "Be Here Now" by Ram Dass, "Diet For A Small Planet" by Frances Moore Lappe, "Mucusless Diet Healing System" by Arnold Ehret, "Autobiography Of A Yogi" by Paramhansa Yogananda, Zen Mind and "Beginner’s Mind" by Shunryu Suzuki.

  • Sport & Clubs

    Jobs was no sports heavy. He swam competitively as a kid but abandoned the endeavor as he got older, spending his time instead at Hewlett-Packard seminars and other computing-related ventures. He briefly took up golf in the 1990s before concluding, as so many have done, that he could never put in the hours required to get good at it.

  • Music & Bands

    Steve Jobs was passionate about music and enjoyed listening to music in his past-time as a keen hobby. It is known that Jobs’ favourite artist is Bob Dylan, and he used to play a lot of his music during his youth days on his Guitar. It is also noted that Jobs loves the Beatles and Grateful Dead, who were big in the 1960s. He describes himself and an audiophile and spent a whopping $100,000 on a stereo system for his home once he made it.

Connections

Steve Jobs and Laurene Powell married on March 18, 1991. The pair met in the early 1990s at Stanford business school, where Powell was an MBA student. They lived together in Palo Alto, California, with their three children.

Although he remained a private man who rarely disclosed information about his family, it is known that Jobs fathered a daughter, Lisa, with girlfriend Chrisann Brennan when he was 23. He denied paternity of his daughter in court documents, claiming he was sterile. Chrisann struggled financially for much of her life, and Jobs did not initiate a relationship with his daughter until she was seven years old. When she was a teenager, Lisa came to live with her father.

father:
Paul Reinhold Jobs
Paul Reinhold Jobs - father of Steve Jobs

(1922–1993)

mother:
Clara Hagopian Jobs
Clara Hagopian Jobs - mother of Steve Jobs

(1924-1986)

spouse:
Laurene Powell Jobs - executive , businesswoman
Laurene Powell Jobs - spouse of Steve Jobs

(b. November 6, 1963)

She is an American businesswoman, executive and the founder of Emerson Collective, which advocates for policies concerning education and immigration reform, social justice and environmental conservation.

Biological mother:
Joanne Schieble Simpson
Joanne Schieble Simpson - Biological mother of Steve Jobs

biological father:
Abdulfattah John Jandali
Abdulfattah John Jandali - biological father of Steve Jobs

(b. March 15, 1931, Homs, Syria)

daughter:
Lisa Brennan-Jobs - writer
Lisa Brennan-Jobs - daughter of Steve Jobs

(née Brennan; b. May 17, 1978)

She is an American writer. She is the daughter of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and Chrisann Brennan. For several years, Jobs denied paternity, which led to a legal case and various media reports in the early days of Apple; they eventually reconciled. Brennan-Jobs later worked as a journalist and magazine writer.

daughter:
Eve Jobs
Eve Jobs - daughter of Steve Jobs

(b. May 1998)

son:
Reed Jobs
Reed Jobs - son of Steve Jobs

(b. September 22, 1991)

daughter:
Erin Siena Jobs
Erin Siena Jobs  - daughter of Steve Jobs

(b. August 19, 1995)

Erin Siena Jobs is one of the four children of Steve Jobs. She is the third child of the world famous American entrepreneur, inventor, industrial designer, and business tycoon, born through his wife, Laurene Powell Jobs. Born to affluent and educated parents, Erin has probably seen all the comforts in her life. She grew up with her siblings, elder brother Reed and younger sister Eve. She also has a half-sister, Lisa Nicole Brennan-Jobs, through his father’s early association with American painter and writer Chrisann Brennan. Erin comes across a quiet person and likes to lead a private life. She does not divulge much about her life and whereabouts. However, it is a known fact that she is skilled in architecture and design, a trait she probably inherited from her dad, who had a great sense of design. Following the demise of Steve Jobs, Erin, along with Reed and Eve, has maintained a modest lifestyle away from all the limelight.

sister:
Mona Simpson - novelist
Mona Simpson  - sister of Steve Jobs

(b. June 14, 1957)

She is an American novelist. She has written six novels and is a professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Sadie Samuelson Levy Professor in Languages and Literature at Bard College.

sister:
Patricia Ann Jobs
Patricia Ann Jobs - sister of Steve Jobs

competitor:
Bill Gates
Bill Gates - competitor of Steve Jobs

(b. October 28, 1955)

He is an American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, humanitarian, and principal founder of Microsoft Corporation.

partner:
Chrisann Brennan - painter
Chrisann Brennan  - partner of Steve Jobs

(b. September 29, 1954)

She is an American painter and writer who wrote the autobiography The Bite in the Apple about her relationship with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. They had one child, Lisa Brennan-Jobs.

collegue:
Stephen Wozniak
Stephen Wozniak - collegue of Steve Jobs

(b. August 11, 1950)

He is an American inventor, electronics engineer, programmer, philanthropist, and technology entrepreneur who co-founded Apple Computer, Inc. He and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs are widely recognized as pioneers of the personal computer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s.

friend:
Daniel Kottke
Daniel Kottke - friend of Steve Jobs

He was a college friend of Steve Jobs and one of the first employees of Apple Inc.

collegue:
George Lucas
George Lucas - collegue of Steve Jobs

(born May 14, 1944)

He is an American filmmaker and entrepreneur.

Successor:
Tim Cook
Tim Cook - Successor of Steve Jobs

(b. November 1, 1960)

He is an American business executive and industrial engineer. Cook is the Chief Executive Officer of Apple Inc., who previously served as the company's Chief Operating Officer, under its founder Steve Jobs.

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