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Steve Jobs
Cofounder and CEO of Apple Inc

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Industry: Personal Computers
Employees: 34,300
Revenues: $57B
Market Cap: $236.4B

A visionary, charismatic, and creative CEO who proved all his past enemies wrong. His vision and pioneering innovations transformed the way we use computers and phones changeing the industry forever.

He gave the world, the Macintosh GUI, Toy Story, iPod, iPhone, iPad, MacBook Air and iTunes. With his return to Apple, he turned Apple around to become one of the best performing and most valuable companies on Wall Street. Jobs is listed as either primary inventor or co-inventor in over 230 patents

He earned a salary of $1 per year since he returned to Apple as the CEO in 1997. During that time, he also did not sell a single share of Apple stock even though his holdings of Apple are estimated to be over $1.1 billion (5.5 million shares). It is believed that Steve Jobs accounts for $20 billion or more of Apple's market value.


Steve Jobs is the co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc. Jobs previously served as the CEO of Pixar Animation Studios. He became a member of the board of the Walt Disney Company in 2006, following the acquisition of Pixar by Disney.

In the late 1970s, Jobs and his team designed, developed and marketed one of the first commercial lines of personal computers, the Apple II series. After losing a power struggle with the board of directors in 1985, Jobs left Apple and founded NeXT, a high-end computer. Apple's subsequent 1996 buyout of NeXT brought Jobs back to the company he co-founded. In 1986, Jobs acquired the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm Ltd which was spun off as Pixar Animation Studios. He remained CEO until its acquisition by Walt Disney in 2006. Jobs was also a member of Disney's Board of Directors and owned approximately 138 million shares of Walt Disney (DIS) stock that he received from the Pixar Animation Studios sale.

Since Jobs is one of the most famous and most covered CEOs we chose to focus less on his bio and share more of his insights with our readers.

CEO Challenge

  • Could history repeat itself? In the early years of Apple, the company had a superior graphical operating system (OS). Steve Jobs lost the OS market to Microsoft by insisting on selling a closed system. On the other hand, Microsoft partnered with PC manufacturers and dominated the global OS market even when it had an inferior OS at that time. Today, Apple's iPhone faces the same challenge from Google's Android. Will Steve Jobs stick to the old strategy or will he preempt Google and protect his smart phones market dominance?

CEO Insights

A lot of companies have chosen to downsize, and maybe that was the right thing for them. We chose a different path. Our belief was that if we kept putting great products in front of customers, they would continue to open their wallets. - Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected. - Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. - Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple

Pretty much, Apple and Dell are the only ones in this industry making money. They make it by being Wal-Mart. We make it by innovation. - Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple

Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations. - Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple

To turn really interesting ideas and fledgling technologies into a company that can continue to innovate for years, requires a lot of discipline. - Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. - Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple

Almost everything all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. - Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple

I was lucky! I found what I love to do early in life. - Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple

We do not say anything about future products. We work on them in secret, then we announce them. - Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple

We're the last guys left in this industry who can do it, and that's what we're about. - Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple

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