He was worth 0 million by 25, made the cover of magazine at 26, and was thrown out of the company at age 30, in 1985.
What he’s accomplished in the past decade has not just restored Jobs to the Silicon Valley pantheon but elevated him to the status of superstar.
Yet to the horror of the tiny circle of intimates in whom he’d confided, Jobs was considering not having the surgery at all.
When trading resumed a day after the announcement, Apple shares fell just 2.4%.
Jobs decided to employ alternative methods to treat his pancreatic cancer, hoping to avoid the operation through a special diet—a course of action that hasn’t been disclosed until now.
For nine months Jobs pursued this approach, as Apple’s (AAPL) board of directors and executive team secretly agonized over the situation—and whether the company needed to disclose anything about its CEO’s health to investors.
Pixar, where he served simultaneously as CEO, has come to dominate the animation business, churning out megahits like No less an authority than Jack Welch has called Jobs “the most successful CEO today.” Jobs, at age 53, has even become a global cultural guru, shaping what entertainment we watch, how we listen to music, and what sort of objects we use to work and play. Jobs is also among the most controversial figures in business.
He oozes smug superiority, lacing his public comments with ridicule of Apple’s rivals, which he casts as mediocre, evil, and—worst of all—lacking taste.
No CEO is more willful, or more brazen, at making his own rules, in ways both good and bad.