Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc., has resigned as the company's CEO but will stay on as chairman, Apple said Wednesday.
Here are some quick facts about the man behind the company that made the Macintosh computer, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad:
- Birth date: February 24, 1955
- Birth place: San Francisco
- Birth name: Steven Paul Jobs
- Adoptive parents: Paul, machinist, and Clara (Hagopian) Jobs
- Birth parents: Joanne Schieble and Abdulfattah Jandali (both teachers)
- Marriage: Laurene (Powell) Jobs (March 18, 1991 – present)
–– Children with Laurene: Eve, Erin and Reed
- Children with Chrisann Brennan: Lisa Brennan-Jobs (1978)
- Education: Attended Reed College in Oregon for one semester in 1972
- Religion: Zen Buddhism
- While in high school, Jobs asked William Hewlett, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard, for some parts to complete a school project. Hewlett offered Jobs an internship at his company.
- After rejoining Apple in 1997, Jobs received an annual salary of $1.
- Jobs tracked down his biological parents and discovered that his younger sister is novelist Mona Simpson.
- He met Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in high school when Jobs was 13 and Wozniak was 18.
- 1972: Graduates high school and enters Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Jobs drops out after one semester.
- 1974: Takes a job with Atari designing video games, then leaves that same year to travel through India.
- 1976: Co-founds Apple in his family's garage with Steve Wozniak and introduces the Apple I computer.
- 1977: Along with Wozniak, produces the Apple II.
- 1980: Apple comes out with the Apple III.
- 1983: The Apple Lisa, purportedly named for his daughter, Lisa, is introduced.
- 1984: Apple introduces the Macintosh.
- 1985: Leaves Apple due to disagreements with management. Launches the computer company NeXT.
- 1986: Purchases Pixar Animation Studios from George Lucas.
- 1996: Sells NeXT to Apple and rejoins Apple as a consultant.
- 1997: Is named interim CEO of Apple.
- 1998: Apple introduces the iMac.
- 2000: Becomes permanent CEO of Apple.
- 2001: Apple introduces the iPod, a portable MP3 player. As of 2007, the iPod held a 70% share in the market. (NPD Group)
- April 28, 2003: Apple launches the iTunes store, a download music service. As of January 2010, more than 9 billion songs had been purchased online. (Apple)
- July 2003: Apple Corps Ltd., the record company owned by the Beatles, sues Apple Inc. for trademark violation over the apple logo used on the iTunes website. The suit is settled in 2007.
- 2003: Jobs is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
- July 31, 2004: Undergoes surgery to remove a tumor related to the cancer.
- April 2005: Jobs is named to the Time 100, the magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people.
- 2006: Pixar merges with The Walt Disney Co. and Jobs takes a position on Disney's board of directors.
- April 1, 2006: Apple celebrates its 30th birthday.
- January 9, 2007: Jobs unveils the iPhone at the Macworld conference.
- 2008: Introduces the MacBook Air.
- June 27, 2008: A class action suit is filed against Jobs and several members of Apple's board of directors, claiming that they participated in the backdating of stock option grants. In 2006, Apple was forced to restate its financial results after acknowledging that an internal investigation had revealed irregularities in its stock option grants between 1997 and 2001.
- August 28, 2008: Bloomberg newswire accidentally publishes Jobs' obituary.
- January 5, 2009: Writes an open letter to the public dismissing rumors about his health, claiming that his weight loss in the past year is due to a "hormone imbalance."
- January 14, 2009: Announces he will take a medical leave of absence until the end of June 2009. Jobs gives no details on his health issues other than that they are "more complex" than originally thought.
- June 20, 2009: The Wall Street Journal reports that Jobs underwent a liver transplant in April 2009. The surgery is confirmed by the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in Memphis, Tennessee, on June 23, 2009.
- June 29, 2009: Apple spokesman Steve Dowling announces that Jobs has returned to work.
- January 27, 2010: Jobs introduces the iPad. The half-inch-thick, 1.5-pound, 9.7-inch iPad is designed to allow users to, among other things, read books, play games and watch video.
- January 2011: Takes another medical leave of absence.
- March 2, 2011: Receives a standing ovation when he takes the stage to unveil the iPad 2.
- June 6, 2011: At the Worldwide Developers Conference, Jobs introduces iCloud, an online media storage system. Other Apple officials demonstrate the new operating systems OS-X Lion and iOS-4.
- August 2011: Apple Inc. and oil company Exxon Mobil jockey for position as the most valuable company in the United States, with market capitalizations between $345 billion and $350 billion.
- August 24, 2011: Resigns as CEO of Apple, but announces he will stay on as chairman. Tim Cook is promoted to CEO.
- March 6, 2012: An authorized biography of Jobs, by Walter Isaacson, is scheduled to be released.