16 Fascinating Facts About Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was the legendary co-founder and eventual CEO of Apple whose influence can still be felt today.

Steve Jobs has had an interesting life, starting with being adopted...

Here are some facts about Steve Jobs you might not have known.


1. Steve Jobs was adopted.
Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955, to Abdulfattah Jandali and Joanne Schieble.
Jandali came from a Muslim background and Schieble from a Catholic background, and they weren't married when Schieble fell pregnant.
Both at the University of Wisconsin at the time, Schieble fled to California to have the birth.
Schieble put Jobs up for adoption after deciding that she should not keep the baby.
Steve Jobs was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs, a couple in Palo Alto, California.
Isaacson makes it clear that even though Jobs always knew he was adopted, he considered his adoptive parents to be his real parents.

2. Steve Jobs was a college dropout.
In 1972 Jobs enrolled at Reed College but dropped out after one semester.
He explained to his parents that he didn't want to waste their money on education that was meaningless to him.

3. Jobs almost became a Buddhist monk.
A 1974 trip sparked an interest in Buddhism that stayed with Steve Jobs for the rest of his life, evolving and emerging in unexpected ways.
At one point, he considered becoming a monk at Eihei-Ji in Japan.

4. Steve Jobs Founded Apple Inc in 1976.
Alongside Steve Wozniak, Jobs created the first Apple computer in March 1976.
Wozniak designed the Apple I, and together with Jobs, they decided to sell it to the public.
By April 1, 1976, the two set up Apple Computer Company as a business partnership alongside Ronald Wayne, now known as Apple Inc.
The business was registered at Jobs' parents' home on Crist Drive. Jobs' bedroom was their office, which later moved to the garage.
The name "Apple" came from Jobs' time on the All One Farm commune in Oregon.
In Walter Isaacson's biography, Jobs reveals that he’d come up with the name while "on one of my fruitarian diets." Having just visited an apple farm he thought the name sounded "fun, spirited and not intimidating."

5. Jobs named an Apple computer after his daughter.
Out of Steve's four children, only three were with his wife, Laurene Powell.
His first child was with his Homestead High on and off girlfriend, Chrisann Brennan. Together they named their daughter Lisa. Lisa Nicole Brennan-Jobs was born May 17, 1978.
Jobs then named the computer he was working on the Apple Lisa.

6. Jobs married one of his students.
Laurene Powell Jobs met Apple founder Steve Jobs when she was a 25-year-old student at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Jobs first met his wife-to-be in 1989 during a lecture he was giving at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Following the lecture, Jobs met with Powell in the car park and invited her to dinner.
Jobs proposed to Powell in 1990, and they married at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park on March 18, 1991. And they were together until he died of pancreatic cancer in 2011.

7. Jobs met his biological sister at age 27.
Due to being adopted as a child and not knowing his biological family, it took a long time to find out about his sister, author Mona Simpson, and met her when he was 27 years old.
Simpson, Jobs' biological sister, wrote the acclaimed 1987 bestseller, "Anywhere But Here."

8. In 1986 Steve Jobs funded the Graphics Group, which later became Pixar.
In 1986, Jobs funded the spinout of The Graphics Group (later renamed Pixar) from Lucasfilm's computer graphics division for the price of $10 million, $5 million of which was given to the company as capital and $5 million of which was paid to Lucasfilm for technology rights.
The first film produced by Pixar with its Disney partnership, Toy Story (1995), with Jobs credited as executive producer, brought financial success and critical acclaim to the studio when it was released. Over the course of Jobs's life, under Pixar's creative chief John Lasseter, the company produced box-office hits A Bug's Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Cars (2006), Ratatouille (2007), WALL-E (2008), Up (2009), Toy Story 3 (2010), and Cars 2 (2011).

9. Jobs has over 300 patents to his name.
Steve Jobs' penchant for striking industrial designs, meticulous work ethic, and his influence on lives of all those living in the 21st century are exemplified in an unparalleled portfolio of more than 300 patents to which his name is credited.
These patents cover a broad range of products including Desktop Computers, iPods, iOS devices, product packaging, power adaptors and even the glass staircases you would find in Apple stores.

10. Jobs wore the same outfit daily.
Steve Jobs became famous for a black turtleneck, jeans, and New Balance sneakers.
He would only wear Levis jeans, and it is rumored that he owned around 100 pairs of them.
His style was simple, but he became known for it.

11. Jobs had a liver transplant.
In 2003 Steve Jobs was diagnosed with cancer, a tumor in his pancreas.
In 2004 he underwent surgery to remove the tumor from his pancreas.
Sadly in 2006, his tumor returned, but not everyone knew.
In April 2009, Jobs had a liver transplant in Memphis, Tennesse, at the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute.
Tim Cook offered Jobs a part of his liver as they both have a rare blood type.

In 2007, Jobs was inducted into the California Hall of Fame. It is located in The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts.

In 2007, Fortune Magazine named Jobs the most powerful person in business.

14. Jobs' biography was released 19 days after his death.
In 2009 Steve Jobs began to open up about his life and take part in interviews with journalists. he allowed Walter Isaacson to write his only biography except for the cover image.
Jobs allowed Isaacson to get truthful interviews from friends, family, and coworkers to make the book a true account of his life.
Jobs stated that he did not want to read the book before it was published as he wanted it to be a true account and not have any influence.
Sadly Jobs passed away on October 5, 2011, and his biography wasn't published until October 24, just 19 days after his death.

15. Steve Jobs has his own statue in Budapest, Hungary.
When Steve Jobs died on October 5, 2011, tributes poured in from across the globe. And in the days following his death, one Hungarian software company commissioned a nearly 7-foot (2.1 meters) tall bronze statue in honor of the co-founder of Apple.
The statue was unveiled on December 21, 2011, in Graphisoft Park, a science and technology park established by Graphisoft in 1997. It was commissioned by Gabor Bojar, the founder and chairman of Graphisoft, a software company that caught the eye of Jobs back in the 1980s.

16. Jobs had a net worth of $10.2 billion the year of his death.
In 1978, at the young age of 23, Steve Jobs' net worth was $1 million. Just two years later, Jobs was worth $250 million.
At the time of his death in 2011, his net worth was $10.2 billion.
Most of this was from his stock in Disney as opposed to Apple.

Jobs shaped personal computer systems and technology so much that even today, his work is a part of everyday life.

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