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Also Known As: Steven Paul Jobs Died: October 5, 2011
Born: February 24, 1955 Cause of Death: Respiratory Arrest
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA Profession:

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One of the legendary Silicon Valley visionaries who revolutionized the tech landscape, Steve Jobs co-founded Apple Inc., redefining the world's relationship with computers and technology. After being ousted from Apple in 1985, Jobs founded a new computer company, NeXT, which Apple acquired in 1996. He also served as CEO of Pixar Animation Studios, whose success creating critical and commercial blockbuster animated films, including "Toy Story" (1995), "A Bug's Life" (1998) and "Finding Nemo" (2003), led to Disney purchasing it in 2006 and Jobs becoming the Mouse House's largest single shareholder. Returning to Apple in triumph in 1996, Jobs took over as its full-fledged CEO in 1997, a position he held until 2011. Famous for his temperamental nature as well as the amazing results he demanded, Jobs' larger-than-life personality and success made him a legendary and controversial figure. Determined to continually perfect Apple products like iTunes and the iPod, iPhone and iPad, especially in terms of building a brand loyalty exemplified by the company's blend of functional elegance and high-end design, Jobs was the ultimate ambassador for the company and its lifestyle. Plagued by ill health brought on by...

One of the legendary Silicon Valley visionaries who revolutionized the tech landscape, Steve Jobs co-founded Apple Inc., redefining the world's relationship with computers and technology. After being ousted from Apple in 1985, Jobs founded a new computer company, NeXT, which Apple acquired in 1996. He also served as CEO of Pixar Animation Studios, whose success creating critical and commercial blockbuster animated films, including "Toy Story" (1995), "A Bug's Life" (1998) and "Finding Nemo" (2003), led to Disney purchasing it in 2006 and Jobs becoming the Mouse House's largest single shareholder. Returning to Apple in triumph in 1996, Jobs took over as its full-fledged CEO in 1997, a position he held until 2011. Famous for his temperamental nature as well as the amazing results he demanded, Jobs' larger-than-life personality and success made him a legendary and controversial figure. Determined to continually perfect Apple products like iTunes and the iPod, iPhone and iPad, especially in terms of building a brand loyalty exemplified by the company's blend of functional elegance and high-end design, Jobs was the ultimate ambassador for the company and its lifestyle. Plagued by ill health brought on by pancreatic cancer, Jobs underwent a liver transplant and subsequent treatment but died on Oct. 5, 2011. Glowing tributes from around the world acknowledged his place among the all-time great innovators like Thomas Edison, and his legacy lived on at the fingertips of millions around the world.

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As a teenager, phoned William Hewlett, president of Hewlett-Packard, to request parts for a school project; offered a summer job at HP
1976:
Built first computer with Steve Wozniak named Apple I at his parents' garage; computer sold for $666.66 retail
1977:
Along with Wozniak, introduced the Apple II computer at the inaugural West Coast Computer Faire
1980:
Took the company public, making Jobs a multimillionaire
1983:
Famously convinced PepsiCo executive John Sculley to become Apple CEO by asking: "Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?"
1984:
Apple made advertising history with an Orwellian-themed, Super Bowl commercial directed by Ridley Scott that introduced the Mac computer
1985:
Ousted by Sculley and Apple's board of directors; created a new company, NeXT Computer
1986:
Purchased the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm called The Graphics Group for $10 million; renamed it Pixar
1995:
Pixar released the blockbuster animated feature "Toy Story"; Jobs executive produced film
1996:
Gil Amelio, who took over the CEO spot from Sculley three years earlier, purchased NeXT for $429 million
1997:
After Amelio's departure, Jobs named interim CEO of Apple
1998:
Introduced the desktop computer iMac
2000:
Named permanent CEO of Apple
2001:
Apple introduced the portable music player called the iPod
2003:
Launched digital music service iTunes
2006:
Disney bought Pixar for $7.4 billion; named a board of director of The Walt Disney Company
2007:
Revolutionized mobile phone technology with the introduction of the iPhone
2010:
Apple introduced the multimedia tablet called the iPad
2011:
Apple surpassed Exxon Mobil as the world's most valuable company
2011:
Relinquished CEO title to Tim Cook due to his failing health; assumed role of Apple chairman of the board
2011:
Announced as the recipient of a Grammy Special Merit Award by the Recording Industry Association; awarded posthumously
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Education

Reed College: - 1972

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