Dropped out of college
After graduating from Homestead High School in Cupertino, California he went on to study at Reed College. He only took one semester of classes before dropping out. For the next 18 months, however, he continued to audit classes that interested him. It was during this time that he…
Yes, one of the greatest minds of our time studied how to put fancy words on a page. But don’t question Steve. As he himself pointed out, 10 years later he used those skills to make what he described as “the first computer with beautiful typography.”
Went to India to find spiritual enlightenment
In the summer of 1974 he traveled to India with his roommate to visit Neem Karoli Baba, a Hindu guru. Upon arrival though, they discovered that the guru had past away earlier that year. Steve ended up traveling the country for seven months, after which he returned to the States with a shaved head and traditional Indian clothes.
Became a Buddhist
Well, sort of. While on his journey through the Indian Subcontinent he was influenced heavily by the religion even to the point of having his marriage presided over by Kobun Chino, a Buddhist monk. And now seems like a good time to introduce his wife…
Laurene Powell Jobs
Steve liked to keep his private life private which might explain why he was married to Laurene in Yosemite national park. She was an MBA graduate of Stanford and was appointed by President Obama to be a member of the White House Council for Community Solutions due to her active involvement in the non-profit community. This is actually quite strange considering that Steve…
Didn’t give to charity
Or so they say. As Apple’s CEO he cut back on all of their philanthropic programs saying they would “wait until [they] are profitable.” Although they never restarted their programs Steve never actually made his views on charity clear and it is certainly indisputable that he made an impact on the world.
Took a $1 salary
Was a hippie
For a guy that went to India and came back a Buddhist it’s really not that much of a stretch. As Jeff Goodell once said about Steve back when met him at Apple, ” I had no idea that this guy would turn out to be one of the greatest visionaries of our time. To me, he just seemed like a lost hippie kid.” Of course, his hippie roots led to several other things including the time he…
Had a fling with Joan Boaz
According to a friend from Reed College Steve had a brief fling with the folk singer back in his hippie prime. Unfortunately though, she left him for his favorite musician – Bob Dylan. That’s rough. But hey, at least he had good taste in music. Which brings us to the second effect of his hippie soul because he really…
Loved the Beatles
Its hard for people who didn’t grow up in it to understand, but Beatlemania was probably something similar to Biebermania multiplied by five. To give you an idea of the profound effect the Beatles had on young Steve Job’s he actually named the company he is now famous for after their record label, which landed him in a…
Legal Dispute with Apple Corp
This court case didn’t die easily. For years Steve and Apple Inc went up against the Beatles and Apple Corp over the issue of their trademarks. We’re still not sure whether meeting one of your favorite bands in court is really cool or sort of bummer. At least if you can’t get a signature you can maybe keep one of the signed legal documents.
Used to be homeless
It seems almost unthinkable but before Steve Jobs was conquering the world with his iPods he was out on the street telling people iBroke. Luckily for him he had some good friends so after dropping out of college they let him do some couch surfing.