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Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computers 1955–2011


Jobs was given up for adoption after birth and raised by his adoptive parents, Justin and Clara Jobs, in Silicon Valley, Calif. Jobs was a college dropout when he teamed up with Steve Wozniak in 1976 to sell personal computers assembled in Jobs's garage. That was the beginning of Apple Computers, which revolutionized the computing industry and made Jobs a multimillionaire before he was 30 years old. He was forced out of Apple in 1985, but returned in 1996. Jobs soon became Apple's chief executive officer and sparked a resurgence in the company with products like the iMac computer, the iPod, and the iPhone. Jobs was also the CEO of Pixar, the animation company responsible for movies like Toy Story and Monsters, Inc. Excerpted from Who2.

Fun Fact: Steve Jobs's biological sister is the novelist Mona Simpson, author of Anywhere But Here.

Photo source: Matthew Yohe

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