School of Information Science - Hall of Fame

Steven P. Jobs
  • Steven P. Jobs
  • Born: February 24, 1955
  • Field: Computing industry; computer hardware; computer engineering
  • Focus: Cofounded Apple Computer and serves as CEO. Purchased and serves as Chairman and CEO of Pixar Animation Studios. Founded NeXT Computer, later purchased by Apple.
  • Country: United States
  • Era: 1990 to present

Steve Jobs is the CEO of Apple and Chairman and CEO Pixar Animation Studios. He co-founded Apple in 1976 with Steve Wozniak. The first computer by Apple was the Apple I. It was marketed for $666 in 1976. In 1977, the successful Apple II was introduced. In 1983, the Apple III was released and it did not do well. The Macintosh was introduced in 1984. He left Apple in 1985 and founded NeXT Computer. It started this company with $7 million dollars of his own money. One of NeXT Computer's machines was used by by Tim Berners-Lee to create the first web browser and web server. Apple purchased the assets of NeXT Computer in 1996. Jobs returned to Apple as a consultant and interim CEO before becoming CEO. During his stint as interim CEO his annual salary was $1. Even though the company has returned to profitability Jobs still maintains his $1 annual salary.

Pixar was created after Steve Jobs purchased the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm, Ltd. in 1986 for 10 million dollars and established it as an independent company. Pixar is located in Emeryville, California and has created such films as "Finding Nemo," "Toy Story," "Toy Story 2," "Monsters Inc.," and "A Bug's Life." "Toy Story is responsible for being Pixar's breakthrough film."

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