Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few decades, there’s a good chance you have heard of the legendary Steve Jobs. This inventor has changed the world with his company, Apple Computers, before sadly passing away in 2011. While he may no longer be with us, there’s no denying that his legacy lives on. Let’s take a look at the life of Steve Jobs, from the very beginning, through to becoming one of the most influential business owners and inventors of all time.
Steve Jobs certainly didn’t have a conventional family! His biological father was Abdulfattah “John” Jandali, an Arab Muslim living in Syria and his biological mother, Joanne Carole Schieble, grew up on a farm in Wisconsin. When the pair fell pregnant, they knew they’d have to give the baby up for adoption; they went married, as Joanne’s father forbade it, which meant they couldn’t keep it due to the stigma surrounding unmarried couples, and any other options were out of the question. The initial adoptive parents they found were apparently wealthy and well-educated, however, this fell through. The next family to step up were not what Joanne wanted at all; blue-collar and uneducated. She refused to sign the papers unless Paul and Clara jobs promised to go to college, which they agreed to. They called their new baby Steve. Steve Jobs.
As with his birth, Steve Jobs didn’t have a conventional childhood. His adoptive father, who he called his real father, built a workbench in his garage so that Steve could pick up his father’s love for mechanics. While he wasn’t particularly into “fixing cars” he did find fascination in electronics and enjoyed the time hanging out with his dad. However, Steve was finding it difficult to make friends in his school, with many of his classmates seeing him as a “loner.” He also struggled in the classroom setting in general, finding it difficult to respect authority and often misbehaving. The Jobs family decided to up and move, to allow Steve to attend a better school that would “challenge him” more. Their new house, in Los Altos California, was where Steve Jobs spent the majority of his young life and has since been declared a historic site. His first friend since the move was Bill Fernandez, a kid who also had a passion for electronics. Bill was the person who introduced Steve to someone who would become very important for Jobs in the future, Steve Wozniak.
When Steve was just 13-years-old, Steve was given his first summer job at the Hewlett-Packard factory by Bill Hewlett. It may have just been putting in screws on the assembly line, but as far as Steve was concerned, he was “in heaven.” Steve went to study at Homestead High in Silicon Valley before attending Reed College in Portland but dropped out after the first year as he didn’t want to spend money his parents couldn’t afford. Steve’s first ‘proper job’ after college was with Atari after Wozniak had created his own version of the video game Pong that Jobs had presented to the company. They thought he’d built the board and offered him a job as a technician. Steve continued to work for Atari for quite some time, although spending a bit of time traveling India and ‘discovering himself’ in between.
In 1976, Steve Wozniak invented what he called the Apple I computer and showed Jobs, who immediately suggested they try to sell it. Along with Ronald Wayne, they formed Apple Computer with their head office in the garage of Steve Jobs’ family home. Ronald Wayne didn’t hang around long, leaving both the Steves as co-founders of the business (something he probably regretted later on down the line). It wasn’t until 1977 that they sold their first consumer product, however, known as the Apple II. This was also one of the first mass-produced micro computers to become highly successful – things were about to change in a big way for the Steves.
The rest, as they say, is history. Steve Jobs took 12 years out from Apple Computers from 1985 to 1997, but came back with a bang, introducing products we know and love today – including the iPhone. Steve Jobs passed away from complications due to a relapse of his pancreatic cancer in 2011 with a net worth of around $10.2 billion. He changed the world with his inventions and his ability to constantly look for the ‘next big thing.’ The world lost a true genius when he passed.