Adopted at birth in 1955.
At 30 years old he was fired from the company he started
Co-Founder of Apple Inc
Co-Founder of Pixar Animation Studios
Steven Paul Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American businessman. He was best known as the co-founder, former chairman, and former chief executive officer of Apple Inc.; co-founder and former chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios; a member of Disney's board of directors following their acquisition of Pixar; and founder, chairman, and CEO of NeXT. Jobs is widely recognized as a pioneer of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s, along with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak;
Adopted at birth in San Francisco and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1960s, Jobs's countercultural lifestyle was a product of his time. As a senior at Homestead High School, in Cupertino, California, his two closest friends were the older engineering student (and Homestead High alumnus) Steve Wozniak and his countercultural girlfriend, the artistically inclined Homestead High junior Chrisann Brennan. Jobs briefly attended Reed College in 1972 before dropping out.
Jobs co-founded Apple in 1976 to sell Wozniak's Apple I personal computer. The duo gained fame and wealth a year later for the Apple II, one of the first highly successful mass-produced personal computers. After a long power struggle, Jobs was forced out of Apple in 1985.
After leaving Apple, Jobs subsequently took a few of its members with him to found NeXT, a computer platform development company specializing in state of the art, higher end computers for higher-education and business markets. In addition, Jobs helped to instigate the development of the visual effects industry when he funded the spinout of the computer graphics division of George Lucas' company Lucasfilm in 1986. The new company, renamed Pixar, would eventually produce the first fully computer-generated animated film, Toy Story, an event made possible in part due to Jobs's financial support.
In 1997, Apple purchased NeXT, allowing Jobs to return as the company's CEO. He would return the company, which was on the verge of bankruptcy, back to profitability. Beginning in 1997 with the Think different campaign, Jobs worked closely with designer Jonathan "Jony" Ive towards a line of devices that would have larger cultural ramifications: the iMac; iTunes; Apple Stores; the iPod; the iTunes Store; the iPhone; the App Store; and the iPad. Mac OS was also revamped into OS X, based on NeXT's NeXTSTEP platform. Jobs was diagnosed with a pancreasneuroendocrine tumor in 2003 and died of respiratory arrest related to the tumor on October 5, 2011.