Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, was smart enough to realize what he saw at the Xerox PARC Demonstration of the GUI and mouse, thus causing Apple Corporation to unleash the Macintosh.

Born on February 24, 1955, to Joanne and (?) Simpson (his biological sister is the novelistMona_Simpson), Steve Paul Jobs was adopted soon after birth by Paul and Clara Jobs of Mountain View.

After graduating from Homestead High School in Cupertino, CA, Jobs enrolled in Reed College in Portland, Oregon where he dropped out after one semester. In the autumn of 1974, Jobs returned to California and began attending meetings of Wozniak's "Homebrew Computer Club." He took a job at Atari Inc., designing computer games with his friend, Stephen Wozniak.

In 1976, Jobs, then 21, and Wozniak, 26, founded Apple Computer Co. in the Jobs' family garage. Jobs and Wozniak put together their first computer, called the Apple I. They marketed it in 1976 at a price of $666.

In 1983, Jobs lured John Scully from Pepsi-Cola to run Apple. In 1985, after an internal power struggle, he was stripped of his duties by Scully and ousted from Apple. He departed to found NeXT Computer that same year.

In 1986 Jobs founded Pixar, a San Rafael computer animation studio, spun off from LucasFilm.

In 1991 Jobs married Laurene Powell. Steven, as he is called formally, has three children with her.

In 1996, he sold NeXT to Apple, and in 1997, returned to Apple as interim CEO after the departure of Gil Amelio. In 2000, he dropped the interim from his title and became full CEO of Apple.

Described as an enfant terrible and mean-spirited, many have found him difficult to work with.

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