Today is Apple’s late CEO and co-founder Steve Job’s 63rd birth anniversary. Let’s celebrate the day by remembering Steve Jobs by taking a look at 5 facts you may not know about the Apple co-founder.
Steve Jobs: A biography
Steven Paul Jobs was born on 24 February 1955 in California. He was the son of Joeanne Schieble and Abdulfattah Jandali who had put Steve for adoption. He was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs, a California-based couple who moved to Mountain View a couple of years after adopting Steve.
Steve Jobs famously founded Apple with his friend Steve Wozniak in 1976 in his parent’s garage. Over the course of years, Steve formed and lead a team of engineers, designers and marketers who created products that would redefine how people listened to music (iPod), how they communicated (iPhone) and how they worked (iMacs and Macbook lineups).
He remained the public face of Apple for much of his life. He was known for his unwavering belief in perfect design and craftsmanship which altered the way people interacted with technology. Along with Apple, he was also the chairman of Pixar (an animation film studio), and a member of Walt Disney’s board of directors after Disney acquired Pixar.
1) Steve was a $1 dollar earning CEO
After knowing this fact, our readers can boast how they earn more than Steve Jobs. From 1997-2011 Steve Jobs made an annual salary of just $1 as the CEO of Apple. Steve Jobs was famously fired from his own company by his board of directors due to operational differences. When Jobs parted from Apple, he founded NeXT, a computer hardware and software company. Soon, the Apple executives realized that they need Jobs as the company had started to show huge losses.
Steve returned to Apple as CEO in 1997 after a 12-year hiatus. From 1997-2011, Steve took only $1 as a salary as a way to show how much he cared for the company he had co-founded with his friends in his garage. He continued to take the millions of dollars he could have earned as Apple CEO, and put it back in the company to invest in the future he had envisioned.
However, one should note that Jobs owned 5.5 million shares in Apple which is worth $1.8 billion at its current price. Moreover, he also earned $48 million as the owner of Disney shares.
2) Steve Jobs had to read his own obituary
Due to a blunder at Bloomberg, a financial news-aggregating website in the US, Steve Jobs happened to read his own obituary. In 2008, Bloomberg declared Steve Jobs dead even when Jobs was alive and well. The website cited that it somehow published its 17-page stock obituary on Steve Jobs when someone in the company was trying to update it. Later, Bloomberg retracted the piece saying “An incomplete story referencing Apple Inc. was inadvertently published by Bloomberg News at 4:27 p.m. New York time today. The item was never meant for publication and has been retracted.
3) Steve asked Google executives to change the color of Google’s logo
Google executive Vic Gundotra shared an interesting anecdote about Steve Jobs after Jobs’s passing away in October 2011. On one Sunday, Steve called Gundotra and said that he urgently had to discuss something with the Google exec. When Gundotra inquired about the state of emergency, Jobs told him that when he was browsing Google on his iPhone, the color of one of the letters on the logo of Google needed to be changed.
According to Gundotra, Jobs considered the logo’s color to be an urgent issue and one which needed to be fixed quickly. Jobs himself assigned someone from his team at Apple to help the Google exec.
“I’ve been looking at the Google logo on the iPhone and I’m not happy with the icon. The second O in Google doesn’t have the right yellow gradient. It’s just wrong and I’m going to have Greg fix it tomorrow. Is that okay with you?” asked Jobs on his call to Gundotra.
According to Gundotra, it was Jobs’s attention to detail that made him such a great leader. “CEOs should care about details. Even shades of yellow. On a Sunday,” Gundotra said.
4) Steve Jobs was Apple employee No “0”
During the initial days of Apple, an argument transpired between the two Steves: Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. The argument was about who would be designated the #1 on Apple’s ID badge. Apple’s board of directors gave each employee an ID badge with an employee number. Steve Wozniak was given the #1 ID badge and Jobs was assigned #2. Steve argued with Wozniak, and later, he made an ID badge for himself with number zero. Jobs’ logic about giving himself 0 was that 0 always came before 1.
5) Current Apple CEO Tim Cook offered Steve a piece of his liver
According to Walter Issacson’s biography on Steve Jobs, Tim Cook, the current CEO of Apple was such a dear presence in Jobs’s life that Cook went as far as to offer him a portion of his liver.
In 2004, Steve announced that he was suffering from pancreatic cancer and by 2009, he was excruciatingly ill. During those days he was waiting for a liver transplant and stayed home most of the time. Tim Cook back then was running Apple’s day-to-day operations and somehow found out that he had a rare blood type like his Apple chief.
Later, Cook went through a number of tests and discovered that a liver transplant with his piece of liver was feasible. But when he shared the news with Jobs, Jobs cut him off by saying, “No, I’ll never let you do that. I’ll never do that.”