Steven Paul Jobs is the co-founder and current CEO of Apple, Inc. (formerly Apple Computer, Inc.), a public listed company which designs, produces and markets personal computers, portable digital music players and mobile communications. He also co-founded Pixar Animation Studios, which created popular animated films such as Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars and Ratatouille. Pixar has since won 20 Academy Awards and its films have grossed more than $4 billion at the worldwide box office to date. Pixar merged with The Walt Disney Company in 2006 and Steve Jobs now serves on Disney's board of directors.
According to the Apple Museum, a non-commercial online project at www.theapplemuseum.com, Steve Jobs was born on 24 February 1955 in San Francisco, California. One week after his birth, he was put up for adoption by his unmarried mother who could not afford to keep him as she was attending graduate school.
Paul, a lawyer, and Clara Jobs, an accountant, adopted him as an infant. He grew up in the apricot orchards which later became known as Silicon Valley, and currently still lives there with his wife and three children.
While studying at the Homestead High School in Los Altos, California, Steve Jobs attended lectures at Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto and was later hired as a summer employee. That was when 16 year old Jobs met 21 year old Stephen Wozniak, a University of California at Berkeley dropout with a passion for inventing electronic gadgets, who was also working at Hewlett-Packard and with whom Steve Jobs would later found Apple. After graduating from high school in 1972, Steve Jobs enrolled in Reed College, a private college in Portland, Oregon but dropped out after six months because he was still unsure of what he wanted to do in life and could...