Born in 1955 in San Francisco, Steve Jobs moved to Mountain View, Santa Clara with his adoptive parents when he was 5 years old. After dropping out of college he moved to a hippie commune, then travelled to India to ‘seek enlightenment’. On his return he went into partnership with his friend Steve Wozniak, constructing the first Apple I board in the garage of his parents’ home and then going on to found Apple Computer Inc. with Woz and another friend Ron Wayne. By 1978 the Apple II becomes the first mass-market personal computer, with impressive sales around the US and Apple becomes a symbol of the personal computing revolution.
In December 1980 Apple goes public, increasing Steve Jobs’ net worth to over $200 million, and in 1984 Macintosh is launched to great fanfare at Apple’s annual shareholder meeting, but in 1985 he resigns from Apple and starts NeXT with five other ex-employees of Apple. 1986 sees the purchase of the computer division of George Lucas’ ILM for $10 million and which he incorporates as Pixar. A week after the release of Toy Story Pixar goes public, and Steve Jobs’s worth rises to $1.5 billion. Following several years of power struggles at both Apple and NeXT Steve unveils the first iPod at a small media event on the company’s campus.
After negotiating landmark deals with all major music labels, Apple opens the revolutionary online iTunes Music Store in the US in 2003, followed a few months later by iTunes for Windows. The introduction of the MP3 player establishes Apple as a consumer electronics powerhouse and whilst more new inventions appear on the market it has become obvious that Steve Jobs’ health is seriously deteriorating. Resigning as CEO of Apple in August 2011, Steve dies at home on October 5th, leaving the world an amazing legacy.