Steve Jobs

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Steven Paul Jobs (born February 24, 1955) is the sixth and current CEO of Apple Computer.



Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer with Steve Wozniak in 1976. After being stripped of his powers in 1985 due to an internal power struggle, he founded NeXT.

Jobs returned to Apple in 1996, when the company purchased NeXT for $402 million. He became interim CEO in 1997 after Gil Amelio was ousted, and announced at the MacWorld Expo in January 2000 that he would return as Apple's permanent CEO, after reorganizing and revitalizing the company with the iMac, Mac OS X, and later the iPod.

Pixar and Disney

In 1986, Steve Jobs purchased the Graphics Group of LucasFilm for $10 million, which was renamed to Pixar. He became both CEO and chairman of the board. In early 2006, Pixar was purchased by Disney for $7.4 billion, resulting in Jobs becoming Disney's largest individual shareholder with 6% of its shares, as well as gaining him a seat on Disney's board of directors.


In July of 2004 Steve Jobs had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his pancreas. His cancer was a less severe form of pancreatic cancer and his tumor was called 'islet cell neuroendocrine.' This form of cancer did not require chemotherapy. He has made a complete recovery from the disease.