Steven Paul "Steve" Jobs (born February 24, 1955) is an American business magnate and inventor. He is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. Jobs also previouslyserved as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios; he became a member of the board of The Walt Disney Company in 2006, following the acquisition of Pixar by Disney. He was credited in the 1995 movie ToyStory as an executive producer.
In the late 1970s, Jobs, with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Mike Markkula,and others, designed, developed, and marketed one of the first commercially successfullines of personal computers, the Apple II series. In the early 1980s, Jobs was among the first to see the commercial potential of the mouse-driven graphical user interface which led to the creation ofthe Macintosh.After losing a power struggle with the board of directors in 1984,[Jobs resigned from Apple and founded NeXT, a computer platform development company specializing in the higher educationand business markets. Apple's subsequent 1996 buyout of NeXT brought Jobs back to the company he co-founded, and he has served as its CEO since 1997.
In 1986, he acquired the computer graphicsdivision of Lucasfilm Ltd which was spun off as Pixar Animation Studios. He remained CEO and majority shareholder at 50.1% until its acquisition by The Walt Disney company in 2006. Consequently Jobs becameDisney's largest individual shareholder at 7% and a member of Disney's Board of Directors.
Jobs was born in San Francisco and was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs (née Hagopian) of Mountain View,California, who named him Steven Paul. Paul and Clara later adopted a daughter, who they named Patti. Jobs' biological parents — Abdulfattah Jandali, a Syrian graduate student who later became a politicalscience professor, and Joanne Simpson, an American graduate student who went on to become a speech language pathologist — later married, giving birth to and raising Jobs' biological sister, the...
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