Steve Jobs was a computer designer, executive and innovator, as well as an all-around role model for many people in both their businesses and their personal lives. As the cofounder of Apple Computers and former CEO of Pixar Animation Studios, he revolutionized the computer and animation industries, amassing a fortune worth $10.2 billion at the time of his death. Jobs passed away on Oct. 5, 2011, in Palo Alto, Calif., at age 56 after battling pancreatic cancer for eight years. Born in San Francisco, Jobs was adopted by an encouraging and loving family. He developed an interest in computers and engineering at a young age, inspired by his father's machinist job and love for electronics. Growing up south of Palo Alto, Jobs was bright beyond compare — his teachers wanted to skip him ahead several grades to high school, which his parents declined. In high school, Jobs met his future partner, Steve Wozniak, whom he bonded with over their love for electronics and computer chips. After dropping out of college in the first semester, Jobs explored his spiritual side while traveling in India. It was with this spiritual enlightenment that Jobs' work ethic and simplistic view toward life was developed. "That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity," he said. "Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains."Jobs began to move mountains at age 21, when he and Wozniak started Apple Computers in the Jobs family garage. To fund their venture, Jobs sold his Volkswagen bus and Wozniak sold his scientific calculator. This ended up being a good investment. Prior to Apple's rise, computers were massive, expensive, and not accessible by the everyday American. With Jobs heading up marketing and Wozniak in charge of technical development, Apple sold consumer-friendly machines that were smaller and cheaper, at only...
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