Things at Apple and in the world will never be the same without Jobs not being there. Amidst all the follow-up which is happening all across the world after his demise, we discuss some lesser-known facts about the iGod:
1. Jobs was born to an Arab father, Abdulfattah Jandali and an unmarried American graduate student Joanne Simpson who later became a political science professor. He was later adopted by a middle-class couple, Clara and Paul Jobs, and grew up in California. As an adult, Steve learned that he had a biological sister, novelist Mona Simpson, who had lived in his home state all along.
2. Steve Jobs was slightly dyslexic. He had the company of legendary figures like Albert Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell and Henry Ford in this.
4. Not many people know that Steve Jobs was a college dropout. In 1972, he graduated from Homestead High School in Cupertino, California and enrolled in Reed College in Oregon. One semester later he dropped out. He can be joined in this league by tycoons like Bill Gates(Microsoft), Richard Branson (Virgin Group), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Michael Dell (Dell Computers), Azim Premji (Wipro), John D. Rockefeller (American oil baron, investor, and philanthropist), Dhirubhai Ambani (Reliance Industries) and many more.
6. His first job was as a video game designer at Atari, a position he took only in order to save money to travel to India for a spiritual retreat. He finally took the journey in 1974 with a friend from college. Rumour has it that he returned to the U.S. wearing traditional Indian clothing and with a shaved head. In any case, Jobs became a Buddhist.
8. In 1985, he was ousted from Apple by John Sculley, the same guy he brought over from PepsiCo! There was a disagreement on how to run the company. On his ouster Jobs told the 2005 Stanford graduating class: “It was an awful-tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life’s gonna hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” ‘Stay hungry, stay foolish’ was his closing comment for the address.
10. A decade after being fired he returned to rescue the dwindling Apple. He was the man behind Apple’s countercultural sensibility and a minimalist design ethic which led the company to unveil a series of breakthrough products, even in the face of the late-2000s recession and his own failing health.
13. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is a self-confessed Jobs’ fan. “In terms of an inspirational leader, Steve Jobs is really the best I have ever met,” said Gates in January 1998 when asked to name the CEO he most admired. “He’s got a belief in excellence of products. He’s able to communicate that,” said Gates.
14. His take-home annual salary as the CEO of Apple Inc was $1. However, he owned some 5.5 million shares in the company, which are worth some $1.8 billion at the current price of around $333 a share, a rise of more than 50 per cent on the year. His annual income from Disney shares was $48 million.
Source : MensXp.Com (Times Internet Limited)