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63. Steve Jobs: The Man and His Apple Computers
Steve Jobs was a self-made billionaire, who brought
computers into the homes of nearly every American
the country. He is credited with developing the
that has personalized the computers. Jobs, along with
childhood friend Steve Wozniak, co-founded Apple Computers in
, working out of Jobs' garage.
Jobs was born
February 24, 1955 to parents who gave him
for adoption shortly after birth. He was adopted
Clara and Paul Jobs. His father was a
who liked to spend time with his son
electronic components apart, and reassembling them. This is
and where Jobs developed his interest in mechanical
. Jobs was not the best student in high
. He was known as a class clown, although
was very intelligent. It was in high school
he met Wozniak.
Both Jobs and Wozniak had
great interest in electronics, and the pair was
for making computer technology smaller, cheaper, and more
to average persons. Jobs got his start working
a video game designer for the Atari Corporation.
Jobs got Apple going, he sold his first
, which were called the Apple I, for $666.66
. The Apple I earned Jobs nearly $800,000 its
year, and that was just the beginning. The
II earned the fledgling company nearly $140 million,
by 1980, the company was worth $1.2 billion.
branched out his financial kingdom venturing into other
such as Pixar Animation Studios, which was also
successful. He briefly left Apple to found the
Corporation, which produced both software and hardware, but
floundered, and Jobs went back to Apple to
iPhone and iPad. Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic
in 2003, and eventually lost his battle with
in October, 2011.