There are so many ways in which we can describe the famous Steve Jobs like Apple co-founder, innovative, billionaire, visionary, genius are few things that come to our mind instantly. But if I have to describe him in just a few words I would use college dropout, Zen Buddhist, and absent father. But, unless you are an avid fan of Jobs or have read his biography, you likely wouldn’t have known a few things about him.
There’s so much about him that we don’t know. So much more to the man behind Apple than meets the eye. There’s no denying that Steve Jobs changed the world for the better, with his many inventions. Although he passed away in 2011, his legacy lives on. He went against the grain, beating the odds again and again.
So let’s get deeper about knowing few unusual things about the great icon, Apple co-founder and former CEO of Pixar – Steve Jobs.
1.Steve’s biological sister Mona is a successful author. Mona even wrote a novel called ‘The Lost Father’, based on her real search for her father, Abdulfattah.
2.The co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak and Steve met in high school. Steve was just 13 years old and Wozniak was 18.
3.Jobs was an official college dropout, but he continued his education by informally auditing classes.
4.He was adopted shortly after being born.
5.Steve’s biological father was Syrian and his mother was American.
6.He was a pescetarian, meaning he ate no meat except for fish.
7.The movie Anywhere But Here is based on a book written by Steve Jobs’s sister, Mona Simpson. The movie is dedicated to him.
8.Steve was moved to the night shift when working at Atari due to his unhygienic behavior. He rarely showered and would walk around barefoot in the office.
9.He spent seven months traveling around India, experimenting with psychedelic drugs and eventually adopting the practices of Zen Buddhism.
10.The millionaire had a pretty low GPA–just 2.65. Jobs admitted he never enjoyed school structure and preferred to learn in unconventional ways.
11.He was thrown out his own company back in 1985. He then purchased an animation studio, which would later be known as Pixar. Eventually, he rejoined Apple as CEO in 1997.
12.Steve Jobs an illegitimate child when he was 23, Lisa Brennan, whose paternity he denied for years. The child’s mother used welfare check to raise the kid. Eventually, Steve accepted Lisa and she was then known as Lisa Brennan-Jobs.
13.Jobs always kept his annual salary at $1 while at Apple. He had 5.5 million shares of Apple stock and from selling Pixar he was the majority shareholder of Disney stock.
14.Jobs actually served as a mentor for Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, even sharing some of his advisers with the Google duo. We probably didn’t know it!
15.The governor of California, Jerry Brown declared Sunday, October 16, 2011, as the Steve Jobs Day.
16.Steve’s last words on his deathbed were, “Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow,” while gazing over his family’s shoulders.
17.Microsoft, Apple, and Disney properties flew their flags at half-staff when Steve died.