Steve Jobs, at a glance
August 24th, 2011
08:45 PM ET

Steve Jobs, at a glance

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.

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  1. Satan

    Hey CNN.. Share the one fact about how many jobs (pun intended) Apple sent overseas.. Considering Apple products are so expensive I'm interested in where the outsourcing leads to cheaper products.. Please report this, so you don't look like you're Jobs' personal ball washer.. Thank you. Hey Steve I will meet you down here buddy.

    August 24, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johan

      Since God loves all humans equally, I am pretty sure he recognizes Jobs prerogative to hire Chinese workers. You know, the ones he believes are offering him the best value.

      August 25, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Johan

      Think about it this way. If Steve Jobs didnt exist ... you wouldnt have an iPhone/iPad or modern smartphone (btw every smartphone company outsources) AND you wouldnt have a job.

      Now you may still be job begging unemployed loser, but at least you would have a smartphone and all its conveniences AND a chance to get rich by writing a cool and hot new smartphone app or game.

      August 25, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
    • scndnv

      At a glance..? He's a dick.

      August 25, 2011 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. William

    AUGUST 24, 2011:Steve Banks leaves his position as chairman at Apple to become the new CEO at Microsoft with a reported annual salary of 22 million dollars.

    August 24, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    One word to describe Steve Banks: IMPRESSIVE. If his cancer did come back, I'm sure he'll kick it in the butt and survive it.

    August 24, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ernie

    Note: Mr. Jobs did not waste years off his life & go deep in debt getting an "education". More Of us need to follow his example & become capitaliats! That will create jobs & tax money to pay our national debt.

    August 24, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Annie

      Yea – everyone can come up with good ideas and become Steve Jobs.

      August 24, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank ( R - Ohio ) "Pandigital is Cool"

    My wife just got one of those cool little Pandigital 7" Novels with the Android 2.2 OS. This thing is so neat. You can take this tablet anywhere and it's got WiFi to work off of. Don't need any cellular contract for it. Comes pre loaded with a B&N bookstore app, Google internet browser, and a bunch of neat apps. It plays videos too, except for Flash Videos, kind of a bummer. Looks like an IPad at a fourth the cost.

    August 24, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Droid Owner

    @Jeff Frank: If it's Android then it has Flash Support or at the very least it's supposed to. My phone has Flash and it's $99 at the moment.

    August 24, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Apple Fun

    RIP , Steve Jobs!

    August 24, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. I pancreas

    Ouch... .! my side hurts... .

    August 24, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ola


    August 25, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. Name*Daniel

    Waiting for ipad HD

    August 25, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. Thought Steve Jobs would be dead by now.

    Back around 1990 when Allple and Mictosoft began developing online operating systems, The NSA (gives orders to CIA) approached both companies and requested that they engeneer a back-door in their operating systems so that the CIA could have constant access. One company agreed, the other refused. Thought he's be dead by now for refusing. (shrug)

    August 25, 2011 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. Kim

    Hope his death is as painful as the death to our economy that he and others like him have caused by shipping jobs overseas.

    August 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |