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Steve Jobs
Co-founder of Apple Computer Inc.
Founded: 1976

"We started out to get a computer in the hands of everyday
people, and we succeeded beyond our wildest dreams."-
Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs' vision of a "computer for the rest of us" sparked
the PC revolution and made Apple an icon of American
business. But somewhere along the way, Jobs' vision got
clouded -- some say by his ego -- and he was ousted from

the company he helped found. Few will disagree that Jobs did indeed impede Apple's growth,
yet without him; the company lost its sense of direction and pioneering spirit. After nearly 10
years of plummeting sales, Apple turned to its visionary founder for help, and a little older, little
wiser Jobs engineered one of the most amazing turnarounds of the 20th century.

The adopted son of a Mountain View, Calif., machinist, Steve Jobs showed an early interest in
electronics and gadgetry. While in high school, he boldly called Hewlett-Packard co-founder and
president William Hewlett to ask for parts for a school project. Impressed by Jobs, Hewlett not
only gave him the parts, but also offered him a summer internship at Hewlett-Packard. It was
there that Jobs met and befriended Steve Wozniak, a young engineer five years his senior with
a penchant for tinkering.

After graduating from high school, Jobs enrolled in Reed College but dropped out after one
semester. He had become fascinated by Eastern spiritualism, and he took a part-time job
designing video games for Atari in order to finance a trip to India to study Eastern culture and
religion.

When Jobs returned to the U.S., he renewed his friendship with Wozniak, who had been trying
to build a small computer. To Wozniak, it was just a hobby, but the visionary Jobs grasped the
marketing potential of such a device and convinced Wozniak to go into business with him. In
1975, the 20-year-old Jobs and Wozniak set up shop in Jobs' parents' garage, dubbed the
venture Apple, and began working on the prototype of the Apple I. To generate the $1,350 in
capital they used to start Apple, Steve Jobs sold his Volkswagen microbus, and Steve Wozniak
sold his Hewlett-Packard calculator.

Although the Apple I sold mainly to hobbyists, it generated enough cash to enable Jobs and
Wozniak to improve and refine their design. In 1977, they introduced the Apple II -- the first
personal computer with color graphics and a keyboard. Designed for beginners the user-
friendly Apple II was a tremendous success, ushering in the era of the personal computer. First-
year sales topped $3 million. Two years later, sales ballooned to $200 million.

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