The Man: Steven Paul Jobs (February 24, 1955 - October 5, 2011), businessman and digital whiz
Father of: Apple computers (with Steve Wozniak). Jobs was its CEO until months before his death. He had three children with Laurene Powell, whom he married in 1991, and a daughter (pictured above), Lisa Brennan-Jobs (born 1978), with painter Chrisann Brennan.
The Story: Jobs, born in San Francisco, was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs of nearby Mountain View. Paul and Clara also had a daughter, Patty. His biological parents, Joanne Carole Schieble and Abdulfattah Jandali later married and gave birth to Jobs’ sister, novelist Mona Simpson.
In the late 1970s, Jobs co-founded Apple. It was immediately successful but, in 1985, after losing a power struggle with the board of directors, Jobs resigned from Apple and founded NeXT, sleek black computers for the higher education and business markets. When Apple bought out NeXT in 1997, Jobs soon returned as CEO.
In 1986, he acquired the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm (spun off as Pixar Animation Studios), which was acquired by Walt Disney in 2006.
Whaaa? When Brennan got pregnant but refused an abortion, a rift occurred in the relationship. Brennan briefly raised their daughter on welfare when Jobs denied paternity, claiming he was sterile. He later admitted he was her father. Apple’s Lisa Computer reportedly is named after her.
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