Co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple Inc., Steve Jobs was a visionary leader in the fields of computer and consumer electronics. He oversaw the development of the iMac, iTunes, iPod, iPhone and iPad, as well as Apple’s retail stores, iTunes Store, and the App Store.
Though Jobs left Apple in 1985 to found NeXT, a computer platform development company, he returned to Apple in 1996 as an adviser and interim CEO. Leading the company from near bankruptcy to profitability, Jobs propelled Apple to become the world’s most valuable publicly traded company in 2011.
Steve Jobs also co-founded and served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios. When Disney acquired Pixar in 2006, Jobs joined the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company. In 1985, Steve Jobs was awarded the National Medal of Technology by President Ronald Reagan. In 2010, Forbes estimated his net wealth at $8.3 billion.
Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2003, Jobs resigned as Apple’s CEO on August 24, 2011 and died on October 5, 2011.