Steven Paul Jobs or Steve Jobs as he is known, was born on 24th February, 1955 to Joanne Schieble and Abdulfattah Jandali. However, they gave him up for adoption soon after his birth and he was raised by Paul and Clara Jobs. He was the force behind Apple, one of the largest companies in the world and a major player in the computing industry.
Jobs gave us Mac, the iPod, iTunes, iPhone and iPad. Over a career spanning more than 35 years, Jobs earned his place among the world’s billionaires with a net worth of 10.2 billion.
Although Jobs’ intelligence is not in question, he dropped out of Reed College and together with his friends Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne introduced the world to the first Apple computer in 1976. Jobs and Wozniak then produced Apple II whose sales were boosted by VisiCalc (a spreadsheet program). Furthermore, the icing was added to the cake when Apple floated its shares in 1980; the IPO was a resounding success.
Having enjoyed several years of financial bliss, workplace politics began to rock the boat at Apple. In fact, so bad was the in-fighting that Jobs resigned from Apple in 1985. Consequently, during his absence, Apple introduced some new products into the market. Some, like the PowerBook did very well; while others, like the Performa, threatened to sink the Apple ship. Soon, Apple was in financial trouble and like a knight in shining amour, Jobs was back to save his brain-child.
While Jobs was away from Apple he wasn’t just licking his wounds; no, he did what winners do: he started over. He set up NeXT computers and though the personal computers didn’t do too well, the softwares were great.
In fact one of them, WebObjects, went on to form the platform for iTunes. Moreover, Jobs bought The Graphics Group, renamed it Pixar and together with Disney went on to produce award winning animations like Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille and the Incredibles. Disney had clearly stumbled upon a money-maker so when they purchased Pixar from Jobs, they made him their largest shareholder effectively making him a billionaire.
Steve Jobs landed back at Apple with a bang! Under his reign, the world fell in love with Mac, the iPod, iTunes, iPhone, and iPad and soon Apple was back to profitability. The company now boasts of over 80,000 employees and more than 400 stores worldwide. In addition, it also owns the Apple Store and iTunes Store that sell its products online.
On October 5th, 2011 the world mourned; Steven Paul Jobs had passed on having succumbed to pancreatic cancer. He is greatly missed.
Truth be told; we can all learn a few things from Steve’s life: