I’ve never been sacked, (there’s still time) but I can imagine it’s quite final. You’re shown the door, ‘see ya later’ and that’s that. Unless you’re Steve Jobs, who got fired, by the CEO he had hired, and then went on to become the CEO of Apple.
Even though he was only 56 when he died, he managed to pack in a lot of living in those years. Did you know he lived in a temple in India for a bit before moving back to the US and getting involved in psychedelic drugs?
Let’s start at the beginning, though, shall we?
Steve Jobs was born on 24 February 1955. His biological parents were Abdulfattah Jandali, from Syria, and Joanne Carole Schieble, an American woman, they were unmarried and living in Syria when Steve was conceived. The couple moved back to the US when it was time for the birth. However, Joanne’s father didn’t approve of the relationship so the pair decided to give the baby up for adoption.
He was adopted by a couple called Paul and Clara, who he would always consider his ‘real parents’. Even as a kid, Jobs took an interest in how things worked and would take apart and reconstruct electronics with his dad as a hobby.
While he was still at high school, Steve met Steve Wozniak, who would later go on to become his business partner. The two bonded over a mutual love of electronics and computers.
After dropping out of college, Jobs got himself a job at Atari in order to save money for his ‘spiritual quest’ to India. He converted to Zen Buddhism in India, hung around with monks, tried yoga, stopped eating meat and also gave hallucinogenics a try. Many claim that his experiences in India are what made him such a creative and innovative guy.
Once back in the US, he returned to work at Atari. But, by 1976, he and Wozniak set up Apple Computer based in the garage at the Job’s household. Steve Jobs was just 21.
The Apple I was considered revolutionary. It was a user-friendly computer for everybody. They were offered for sale for $666.66 each. The Apple I earned the company $774,000 and was followed by the Apple II three years later. The newer model saw a mind-blowing 700 percent boost in sales, bringing the company’s value up to $139 million.
By 1980 Apple Computer was a publicly traded company with a market value of $1.2 billion. Jobs hired marketing expert John Sculley to be CEO for Apple and it would be Sculley who would eventually lead to Jobs leaving the company.
Despite the best efforts and a strong start to the ’80s, sales dropped. To counter this the company created the Macintosh – it was marketed at a younger, more creative market but, despite decent sales and better performing power than IBM, Sculley still wasn’t pleased with Jobs and slowly phased out his role within the company. He left in 1985.
With all his new-found free time, Jobs set up NeXT Inc – a hardware and software company – he also made the decision to purchase an animation company from George Lucas. This company would later become Pixar and, thanks to his $50 million investment, the company went on to make Toy Story.
While Pixar went from strength to strength, eventually being merged with Disney, NeXT Inc wasn’t doing as well. Apple bought the company for $429 million in 1996 and the following year Jobs was the CEO of Apple.
Once back in his rightful place at the head of Apple, Jobs got to work in completely rebranding the company and thinking up ingenious tech. Remember the first time you saw an iPad?
In 2007 Jobs introduced the very first iPhone and it totally changed the mobile industry forever. MacBooks, iPads, iMacs, iTunes and the iPod all came into existence under Jobs. It’s now hard to imagine a world without them.
Sadly, Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2003. He chose not to go down the traditional medical route and instead explored Eastern treatment options and changed his diet. He eventually had surgery in 2004, however, he would get ill once more and undergo a liver transplant in 2009.
Due to his ill health, Jobs stepped down as CEO of Apple but would carry on working for the company until the day before his death on 5 October, 2011.
His death resulted in a public outpouring of grief with statements from tech-rival Bill Gates, President Obama and George Lucas among some of the many famous faces paying their respects, not to mention thousands of fans leaving messages of thanks and praise.
“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” – Steve Jobs
Source: theladbible | Featured image credit: PA