25 Things You Didn’t Know About Steve Jobs

Posted by on November 14, 2011

As stand up comedian Jordan Cooper once said, “Anyone who can convince me to buy an iPhone because I don’t like my iPad deserves to be on top.” And its the truth. But for a man who changed the world Steve Jobs was fiercely private. As you read through this list you will probably be aware of some things, but you may be surprised at others. So without further ado, here are 25 things you probably didn’t know about the  man who said LSD was one of the most important things he had ever done.


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…


Studied Calligraphy

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.”



His biological fathers name is Abdulfattah Jandali. He is currently a restaurant and casino owner in Reno, Nevada. The two of them allegedly only met once in life by accident primarily because he…


Was adopted

His biological mother was Joanne Carole Schieble, an American. His father, however, objected to the marriage so Steve was put up for adoption. His adoptive parents were Clara and Paul Jobs


Used LSD

Steve actually later described this as “one or two or three of the most important things he had done in his life” and believed that unless someone understood his countercultural roots they wouldn’t understand his way of thinking.


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

I know what you’re thinking. He didn’t give to charity so he must have hoarded it all. Not Steve. Since 1998 he has received 1 dollar every year from Apple.


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.